Thursday, March 17

God: No Cosmic Bell-Hop!

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, measured heaven with a span and calculated the dust of the earth in a measure? Weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance? --Isaiah 40:12

What Is His Name?

I ask another question. Do you know Him? Really, how well do any of us know God? Is that the goal of the church, to help the lost find God and believers to gain an intimate appreciation for Jesus Christ? Listen to this question--

Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son’s name? Surely you know! ” --Proverbs 30:4

Do we understand that to know the name is to know the attributes or characteristics of a person? To pray in Jesus’ name is to pray with all the weight of the character of Jesus. So, we ask, “Do you know his name, or his son’s name?” I love the way Tozer put it so many years ago.
We must be concerned with the person and character of God, not the promises. Through promises we learn what God has willed to us, we learn what we may claim as our heritage, we learn how we should pray. But faith itself must rest on the character of God.

Is this difficult to see? Why are we not stressing this in our evangelical circles? Why are we afraid to declare that people in our churches must come to know God Himself? Why do we not tell them that they must get beyond the point of making God a lifeboat for their rescue or a ladder to get them out of a burning building? How can we help our people get over the idea that God exists just to help run their businesses or fly their airplanes?

God is not a railway porter who carries your suitcase and serves you. God is God. He made heaven and earth. He holds the world in His hand. He measures the dust of the earth in the balance. He spreads the sky out like a mantle. He is the great God Almighty. He is not your servant. He is your Father, and you are His child. He sits in heaven, and you are on the earth. --Faith Beyond Reason, 44.

 Places! Let's remember our places, folks. . . . And God's!

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