Our Concept of God

I Phone 2012 12 13 026Don’t we find ourselves at times spiritually in a certain phase in our journey of faith? And maybe not even in a phase, but rather, more likely spiritually bankrupt? What do we do when we begin to feel this way? Maybe it’s found in the ebb and flow of faith. Maybe it only characterizes a small portion of time. Or maybe it is descriptive of decades. Years of complacency. No zeal. No excitement. No anticipation. No experience of God. What then? What next?

In his book “Attributes of God”, A.W. Tozer writes: “A local church will only be as great as its concept of God. An individual Christian will be a success or failure (in the Kingdom) depending upon what he or she thinks of God. It is critically important that we not only have a knowledge of the Holy One, but that we truly come to know Him in His majesty and wonder.”

Maybe what we “think of God,” as Tozer puts it, is directly related to our being spiritually just in a phase or bankrupt.

Do we think enough of God? How much thought do we honestly give Him during the course of the day? How often do we engage in silent conversation with Him if even for a brief moment? How often do we pray? Really pray? Not as an aside. But heart and mind, engaged in prayer with our Father. How much time do we set aside in reading, and especially studying Scripture and, with this, being truly fed by God’s Word? How often do we read what others have written to broaden our concept of God? How many conversations do we have throughout the week with others who are seeking to be faithful to our Father? Do we seek out Christian insight from others who have faith? Because of what we “think of God” is answered in questions such as these.

The Apostle Paul writes, “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better” (Ephesians 1:17).

The question is: Do we really want to know Him better?

Somehow spiritual discipline has too often been divorced from faith. Faith is too often seen as mental ascent rather than a life characterized by discipleship. No wonder we find ourselves so often spiritually anemic!

Discipleship. Living cognizant of the presence of God. Spiritual discipline. A life characterized by faith and faithfulness. When our practice reflects our concept of God — it is then and only then that we will begin to know Him better. — borrowed

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