In his book “Knowing God” J.I. Packer writes,
“Knowing about God is crucially important for the living of our lives. As it would be cruel to an Amazonian tribesmen to fly him to London, put him down without explanation in Trafalgar Square and leave him, as one who knew nothing of English or England, to fend for himself, so we are cruel to ourselves if we try to live in this world without knowing about the God whose world it is and who runs it. The world becomes a strange, mad, painful place, and life in it a disappointing and unpleasant business, for those who do not know about God. Disregard the study of God, and you sentence yourself to stumble and blunder through life blindfold, as it were, with no sense of direction, and no understanding of what surrounds you. This way you can waste your life and lose your soul.”
To help keep us from stumbling and blundering our way through life we have set out to grow in knowing God by using the help of Wayne Grudem’s “Christian Beliefs: Twenty Essentials Every Christian Should Know.”
In the second chapter we were presented with a robust list of God’s attributes. These attributes are what make God uniquely excellent. Answering the question, “What is God Like” requires using descriptions such as “eternal,” “unchangeable,” and “holy” to name just a few.
The first attribute in the list found in chapter 2 is “God Exists.” The Bible assumes God’s existence. The Scriptures explain that all people innately realize they have been created by a Creator even if they express disbelief of that self-evident truth during their life (Romans 1). As I considered the reality of God’s existence I couldn’t help but think of some explanation on this self-evident truth by C.S. Lewis in his book “Mere Christianity.” Here are a couple of choice quotes from Lewis that argue the truth of God’s existence:
- “My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
- “When you argue against Him you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all: it is like cutting off the branch you are sitting on.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Be Amazed By God’s “God-ness”
Perhaps the best way to summarize a chapter about the attributes of God is to step back and gaze at the group of attributes as a unit. The longer we gaze at God by seeing his attributes the greater our wonder, awe, admiration, and praise will become. Meditate upon the greatness of God. Entrust yourself to his wise, omniscient, goodness. Rest with utter abandon in God’s omnipresent, eternal, will as he freely accomplishes his righteous purposes for your good and his glory. Because Christian’s live by faith the more robust knowledge we have of God and know of his person the stronger our faith will be. Your time in the Word of God (either privately or publicly with the church) is time well spent.
What did you learn?
What attribute struck you with the most amazement? Why were you so amazed? How does that unique excellence of God build your faith? How will that truth of God build up the church? For what attribute will you praise God this week? Use the comment section below to share and promote godly discussion with others for their good growth in godliness.