22 01 2010

This is another excerpt from Knowing God that I had to share. The lesson God taught Jacob is surely the lesson we all need to learn and relearn each day.

“Jacob…must be made to feel his own utter weakness and foolishness, and brought to such complete self-distrust that he would no longer try to get on by exploiting others. Jacob’s self-reliance must go, once and for all. With patient wisdom (for God always waits for the right time) God led Jacob to the point at which he could stamp the required sense of impotent helplessness indelibly and decisively on Jacob’s soul.”   Knowing God p.105

Why not replace Jacob’s name with your name?

Then turn to Jesus for grace and strength.


Turning knowledge about God into knowledge of God

12 01 2010

“How can we turn our knowledge about God into knowledge of God? …we turn each truth that we learn about God into matter for meditation before God, leading to prayer and praise to God….What is meditation?…meditation it the activity of calling to mind, and thinking over, and dwelling on, and applying to oneself, the various things that one knows about the works and ways and purposes and promises of God. It is an activity of holy thought, consciously preformed in the presence of God, under the eye of God, by the help of God, as a means of communion with God. Its purpose is to clear one’s mental and spiritual vision of God, and to let his truth make its full and proper impact on one’s mind and heart. It is a matter of talking to oneself about God and oneself, reasoning oneself out of moods of doubt and unbelief into a clear apprehension of God’s power and grace.

Its effect is ever to humble us, as we contemplate God’s greatness and glory, and our own littleness and sinfulness, and to encourage and reassure us – as we contemplate the unsearchable riches of divine mercy displayed in the Lord Jesus Christ…And it is as we enter more and more deeply into this experience of being humbled and exalted that our knowledge of God increases, and with it our peace, our strength and our joy. God help us, then, to put our knowledge about God to this use, that we all may in truth ‘know the Lord’.”   J.I. Packer – Knowing God p.22-23

Adoring Christ: Communion with God

11 01 2010

I recently listened to a lecture by Tim Keller called ‘Adoring Christ: Communion with God’ that captured some of the throughts I have been wrestling with over the last couple of years.

A sweet & bitter providence

7 01 2010

The reality of the Christian life is that it is a winding and narrow path. This is something I am slowly discovering and so discovering Jesus is for me at every step.