Have you tried to grasp the wonder of the nature of God?
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
And yet, the Word of God is given to us to learn of God, and the Holy Spirit dwells within God’s people to guide us and teach us.
In The Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. Tozer prayerfully approaches the nature of God and reveals His majesty and glimpses of God’s height, width, and depth of nature.
Although Tozer examines 21 attributes of God, he writes
“In studying any attribute, the essential oneness of all the attribues soon becomes apparent. We see, for instance, that if God is self-existent He must be also self-sufficient; and if He has power He, being infinite, must have all power. If He possesses knowledge, His infinitude assures us that He possesses all knowledge. Similarly, His immutability presupposes His faithfulness. If He is unchanging, it follows that He could not be unfaithful, since that would require Him to change … Thus the attributes explain each other and prove that they are but glimpses the mind enjoys of the absolutely perfect Godhead.” pp. 78-79
From the eternity of God to His omniscience, omnipotence, and omnipresence, to God’s faithfulness, goodness, justice, mercy, grace, and love, Tozer wraps God’s attributes in the absolute holiness of our sovereign God.
This book was the last book Tozer wrote. It is evident that this book was the culmination of a lifetime of intimately walking with God. Although the book is only 117 pages long, I took my time and often reread paragraphs.
A.W. Tozer has a special place in my heart, and this is a book that I will read periodically. I purchased it to read before I read the follow-up to The Knowledge of the Holy, Delighting in God.
Father, thank You for revealing Your majesty to Your children. Help us to grow in understanding and awe as we walk with You. Reveal Your holiness to us, and lead us by the right hand as we grow more intimate with You. I am awestruck by You, and I want to know Your ways, Your thoughts, Your nature more deeply. Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen!
This week, take a few minutes every day to think about God’s holiness. Share what the Holy Spirit reveals to you in the comments below. I can’t wait to read what He will teach you.
5 responses to “Do you know the Holy?”
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Brother Robert, I will be lifting you in prayer. I know that the Lord will work in you that which you cannot work through on your own. Patty Spruance
Thank you, Patty, for praying for Robert. Indeed, God will renew Robert and lift him up on wings like eagles. Bless you, Patty. Karen
I am a paraplegic amputee..and i have enountered so much Good of God..but I have a strong addictive nature..God has delivered me from many addictions but then it seems i find a new one…this i am very ashamed of…i know i need to become addicted to seeking Christ above all else…maybe addicted to seeking Christ is not a good way to say it…I know i need to become much more disciplined and overcome temptations…but it seems like a mountain much too large for me…Lord will you bestow a miracle of intimacy of love that overwhelms my stupid sin nature…i cannot go on responding to You the way i have..i feel like a false convert
Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” I recently prayed that Scripture with a woman who is suffering. Please see my post on praying that Scripture. That rest is for you, Robert. Robert, God loves you very much and sees you as righteous, one of His children. Hand over your addictive nature to God, and He will work in your life. God has great plans for you, plans that are good. He prepared good works for you to perform from before the foundation of the world. Since He has plans for you, He will equip you to perform them. Paul struggled with his sin, but he put all behind him and looked forward, pressing toward the mark of the high calling of Jesus. Press on, and God will do His great work in you. I’m praying for you, Karen