Do you know the Holy?

The Knowledge of the Holy   -     By: A.W. Tozer

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.

My prayer:

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.