Care in conveying God's Word

I have just finished the last chapter of A. W. Tozer's The Knowledge of the Holy. I highly recommend it. You will truly love his depth and profundity. I particularly love how he starts each chapter with a prayer. It is his prayer in the second chapter "God Incomprehensible" that keeps coming to mind because it struck such a chord in me. This is that prayer: "Lord, how great is our dilemma. In Thy presence, silence best becomes us, but love inflames our hearts and constrains us to speak. Were we to hold our peace, the stones would cry out! Yet if we speak, what shall we say? Teach us to know that we cannot know, for the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Let faith support us where reason fails and we shall think because we believe, not in order that we may believe. In Jesus' name. Amen." What an awesome understanding, for truly God is unknowable! Yes, we have glimpses of Him through His Word, but even then, we can only "see through a glass darkly". Even the prophets lacked the words to fully describe Him in all His majesty, such is the failing of the human tongue. We can only know and comprehend based upon our feeble and limited knowledge, experiences, and understanding comparing His revelation against concepts and precepts that we can comprehend. Hence the Bible is replete with words like "as unto", "like", "as it were", "with the appearance of" and so on. Oh how the prophets struggled in trying to convey the incomprehensible. Even our Lord Jesus in conveying His message of the nature of the Kingdom of God used literary strategies such as "The Kingdom of God is like unto a vineyard" so that we may comprehend in part the nature of God and His Kingdom, gracefully and mercifully conveying meaning in such a way that we can grasp. Yet Moses in Deuteronomy 29:29 reminds us, "The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law." Thus what has been revealed and what has been recorded through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit is ours in that it is sufficient for us to guide us in the conduct of our lives and the living of our faith. What an astounding proclamation when Tozer prays, "Let faith support us where reason fails and we shall think because we believe, not in order that we may believe." In our post modern society so greatly influenced by the age of reason and enlightenment before, this notion radically opposes the modern mind. That we shall think BECAUSE we believe, NOT IN ORDER THAT we may believe! How illogical! How counter intuitive! Yet how profoundly true! How it underscores the paramount role of faith in the formulation of our worldview. On deeper reflection, I shudder when I think of the times, we in our ignorance and arrogance proclaim to hold answers to things we truly have no answer for. The Bible Study in my home has built a deep bond of trust and openness. Hard questions are asked and deep personal struggles revealed. Is the still born child consigned to eternal damnation? What of all those who have gone before the fulfillment of the Scriptures through the atoning Blood of Christ on the cross? What of those who have not yet heard the Gospel? Is not the God of mercy and grace of today the same as yesterday? These are all questions that have been raised. In the past, I would have been tempted to quote some Scripture to provide some acceptable answer. In recent years, I have come to the realization that our best answer is "We do not know". As with Abraham as he contended with God concerning Sodom and Gomorrah saying "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?" ours should be similar. I say this because while in truth, the answer to these and many other tough questions eludes us, His Word has provided us an answer. When reason fails, faith must prevail and from faith's perspective we do have a definitive answer. We do know that ours is a God of exceeding love and mercy, a God of justice and righteousness. We may not know the answer to these questions, but we do know these attributes of our God. By faith, should not our answer be, "We do not know, but we know that ours is a God of love and mercy, the author of all justice and righteousness and we know that the Judge of all the earth will do right."

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