Knowing God is All –Important
by Kim Larsen
Jeremiah 9:23,24 ,”Thus says the Lord; “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this that he understands and knows Me. That I am the Lord, exercising loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight.” Says the Lord.
A knowledge of God is the foundation of all true education and of all true service. It is the only real safeguard against temptation. It is this alone that can make us like God in character. The unwillingness of the Lord to chastise is here vividly shown. The deadly experiment will be ended and it will be demonstrated eternally that through it all God did not change. When sin entered, it changed angels, human beings, the animals, and the operation of nature, but it did not change God. Nothing was introduced into His ways after the coming of sin that was not there before. He never destroyed before sin entered, never executed, never punished, and never forced. The entry of sin did not cause Him to begin doing any of these things in order to solve the problems sin imposed upon Him.
Satan and evil angels did their utmost to provoke Him to anger and arise to sweep away the rebellious inhabitants of the earth, but He would not be provoked, angered, insulted, or hurt. He emerges from the whole miserable test as immaculate as He entered it. Satan has not been able to sustain a single point against Him and it is shown that the way of the cross – the power of self -sacrificing love, which serves, no matter what cost to the server – is stronger than all the ways of force combined.
We must train the mind not to think of God as if He were a man. Glaringly evident in every false concept of God’s character is the disposition to see God operating on the same procedure as human beings. There is no greater stumbling block than this in the way of a correct comprehension of God. It must first be recognized as such after which it will take extreme effort in retraining the thinking to automatically recognize that God works along lines that are opposite from humanity’s way of working.
God will never remove the opportunity for doubt, for to do so would take away the right of choice. He desires our spiritual education to come to the place where we will learn to trust Him in the unknown on the basis of what we have learned in the known.
Therefore, the blessed assurance is to accompany the spiritual wayfarer every moment that the full resources of heaven are devoted to unfolding these things to the eager mind. With pitying tenderness, God stoops low to unveil these mysteries to our dull human senses, and He is grieved when we learn so little so slowly. Before those who will press forward with unabated determination are possibilities beyond the outreach of our imaginations and aspirations. Higher and still higher the Lord will personally elevate the mind until it is overwhelmed with the revelation of divine things. Sweeter and sweeter will be the love implanted within the heart more and more intense the spirit of self-sacrificing service, and more exalted and profound the response of praise and joy. Earthly things will appear in their true light, with luster dimmed and attractiveness gone. Sin will no longer masquerade in garments of light but will be exposed for what it is – a hideous deceptive, and unwanted perversion of all things good and true. There will be no more glorying in power and riches but in the possession of the knowledge of God, the greatest power and riches of all.