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The Knowledge Of God

If we as Christians today are commonplace, it is because our knowledge of God is too limited. His majesty, omnipotence, righteousness, holiness, mercy and grace have not impressed us sufficiently in order to produce within us the becoming awe and reverence which are due to Him. Our knowledge of Him is at the best limited. Scripture is a means whereby men may know Him, and some by using that means increase their knowledge of God more than others. Job, whose knowledge of Him and His ways was outstanding, had still to say, as he viewed creation's wonders and God's almighty power, "Lo, these are but the outskirts of His ways: but how little a portion is heard of Him!" (Job 26.14, B.V.M.).

They who have accomplished anything for God on earth in any age are those who have known Him; the principle is found in Daniel 11.82, "The people that know their God shall be strong, and do exploits."

Whether we turn to the record of Noah, or Abraham, or Moses, or David, or Zerubbabel, or the multitude of worthy witnesses, men and women, whose names are inscribed on God's roll of honour, we find that it was their faith in and knowledge of Him which were the source from which all achievements sprang: and all who have had such acquaintance with Him have expressed wonder at the fact, that the omnipotent God of creation should seek for, and desire the fellowship of His creature, man, in the working out of His sovereign counsels.

We know little concerning His purposes regarding those bodies which roll in space, save that it is revealed that the Son is the Creator, Upholder and Heir of all things (Colossians 1.16; Hebrews 1.2-10). Consideration of some statements, based upon the discoveries of those who have studied the heavens, can increase our wonder that the Creator of all should have chosen this earth, a mere speck of dust when viewed in relation to the wonders of the universe, to display the wonders and riches of His grace, and that He by whom, and for whom all things were created, should have been found in fashion as a man in order that He should by death redeem the creatures of this sphere. who had gone astray: and concerning whom Isaiah could write, "the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers " (read Isaiah 40).

The earth which we esteem to be large is really very small in volume compared with other heavenly bodies, for Jupiter has a. volume 1,800 times greater than the earth, while the sun has a volume 1,300,000 times greater than the earth. Yet the sun is itself but a small star, for there are stars which are known to have 100,000,000 times the volume of the sun, and to have 20,000,000 times the mass of the sun, while their distances are such that light, which travels at the rate of 186,000 miles a second, takes thousands of years or even millions 6f years to reach us. The creation is indeed amazing.

David knew nothing of the discoveries of modern science, but when. tending his father's flock, and possibly later in exile, he had spent

much time in contemplating God's heavens, and he was caused to exclaim in wonder-and well may we re-echo his words

"The heavens declare the glory of God;

And the firmament sheweth His handiwork.

Day unto day uttereth speech,

And night unto night sheweth knowledge" (Psalm 19. 1, 2).

Again,

"When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, The moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; What is man that Thou art mindful of Him?" (Psalm 8.3, 4).

Our knowledge of God can therefore be increased by consideration of the two records, Creation and Revelation; but the rush and bustle of modern life do not tend to help; neither does perpetual dwelling upon the world's news; whether brought to us by medium of the newspaper or wireless, still less by wasting our precious time in the atmosphere of fiction ; or the greatest time waster of all time," television. Therefore if we as children of God are to avoid being reduced to a further law ebb of spiritual poverty in the knowledge of God, we shall be found eschewing much that is popular with men, and be found seeking quiet minutes and hours pondering over the books of Nature and Revelation.

It is said of some in Romans 1.28, "They did not like to retain God in their knowledge"; and for this reason "God gave them over to a reprobate mind" (A.V.). We fear that around us in the world today are many who come into this category. Sad and hopeless would appear to be the case of each who in the face of the testimony of Creation and Revelation remains in wilful ignorance.

The apostle in 1 Corinthians 15.34 seeks to move to shame some who were in the Church of God at Corinth: "Some have not the knowledge of God." Here were some who had much opportunity to increase that knowledge, but from the day they had trusted Christ, had remained babes in that knowledge: and the result was that amongst them there was much evil from which normal growth would have saved them. The God of Israel, speaking through Hosea (chapter 6.6) said to His people of old, " I desire ... the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings." Nothing of service or anything else, can make up for poverty in this on the part of His saints.

If we have the knowledge of God, then we shall desire to have "the knowledge of His will" (Colossians 1.9), and it will be our highest ambition to be workers together under Him, like David and others, who, in their day and generation, served the counsel of God (Acts 13.86). He has made known His will for and concerning the salvation of men: we can be workers together in bringing this about.

He has made known His will concerning His house, His dwellingplace on earth, and we can be workers together in the building and maintenance of His house.

He has made known His will concerning divine rule amongst His people on earth (even though this earth be but a speck of dust) and we can be workers together "unto the kingdom of God." While men dream their dreams of the coming invasion of heavenly bodies by inhabitants of the earth, let us remember that "the earth has He given to the children of men," and the knowledge of God and of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, in which we can increase, will activate us to "be stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord," rather than wasting our precious time in following vain and empty things which we will surely do to our eternal loss when our knowledge of God becomes bankrupt.