Something essential has been lost

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Knowing God”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Therefore, dear friends, since you know this in advance, be on your guard, so that you are not led away by the error of lawless people and fall from your own stable position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:17-18 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Something essential has been lost”
 
In 1961 A.W. Tozer published a little book with the title, “The Knowledge of the Holy”. It quickly became a Christian classic and is still widely read today. The book is all about the attributes of God and its purpose is to give the reader an accurate understanding of who God is and what He’s really like, according to Scripture rather than myth and popular folklore.
 
In the introduction Tozer wrote, “I refer to the loss of the concept of majesty from the popular religious mind. The Church has surrendered her once lofty concept of God and has substituted for it one so low, so ignoble, as to be utterly unworthy of thinking, worshiping men … The low view of God entertained almost universally among Christians is the cause of a hundred lesser evils everywhere among us.”
 
Please note, that statement was written more than sixty years ago when the USA was still the home of Andy of Mayberry and Leave it to Beaver. How much more does Tozer’s sad lament pertain to our society today? Non-believers, and many Christians too, have invented an image of God that bears little resemblance to the God of the Bible. And yes, it is the cause of a thousand lesser evils in our land.
 
This is why we’re conducting this devotional study about knowing God as He really is, and this is what Peter was writing about in 2 Peter 3:17-18 (above). We must be on our guard against the lies, deceptions, misrepresentations, and false images of God that are promoted in our society and in many of our churches. Instead, we must apply ourselves to growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (who is God incarnate). We must know Him as He really is – as He is revealed in Scripture.
 
As we continue with our devotional study of knowing God, we’re going to go a little deeper into our exploration of the attributes of God as revealed in Scripture. As Tozer noted more than sixty years ago, something has been lost in our understanding of God and it’s essential for us to recapture it. We must know God as He really is.
 
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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