I am reminded today as I was reading through the Bible and studying some in a book by Carson the true importance of having a deeper knowledge of God. I am going to post some quotes relating to this issue by Spurgeon and others in the future. I pray that God will help us to see Him for who He really is and not what we think God ought to be.
“To whom be glory for ever.” This should be the single desire of the Christian. I take
it that he should not have twenty wishes, but only one. He may desire to see his
family well brought up, but only that “To God may be glory for ever.” He may wish
for prosperity in his business, but only so far as it may help him to promote this—“To
whom be glory for ever.” He may desire to attain more gifts and more graces, but it
should only be that “To him may be glory for ever.” This one thing I know, Christian,
you are not acting as you ought to do when you are moved by any other motive than
the one motive of your Lord’s glory.
Brethren, a pure and holy God cannot endure sin: he cannot have fellowship with it,
or with those who are rendered unclean by it, for it would be inconsistent with his
nature so to do. On the other hand, sinful men cannot have fellowship with God: their
evil nature could not endure the fire of his holiness. Who among us shall dwell with
the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? What is
that devouring fire, and what are those everlasting burnings, but the justice and
holiness of God?
If we are inclined to grieve because everything around us changes, our consolation
will be found in turning to our unchanging God.
God knows what you think of,
what you wish for, and what you are pleased with: he knows, not only the surface-
tint of your character, but the secret heart and core of it. The Lord knows you
altogether. Think of that. Does it give you any joy, this morning, to think that the
Lord thus reads all the secrets of your bosom? Whether you rejoice therein or not, so
it is and ever will be.
God has been pleased to write some of his promises in sympathetic ink, which can
only become visible as it is held close to the fire.
To take the sacred picture of providence, and, with our eye-glass, look at the canvass
inch by inch, is practically to see nothing; but to view the work of the Divine Artist as
a whole, with all its lights and shades, and all the fair proportions which manifest the
matchless skill—this is to see indeed. The fault of us all is this: that we judge
Providence by the moment, instead of regarding it in its true magnitude, stretched
upon the framework of that eternal love which knows neither beginning nor end.
If the disposal of the lot is the Lord’s, whose is the arrangement of our whole life?
We are called in Scripture “a temple”—a holy temple in the Lord. But shall any one
assert that the stones of the edifice were their own architect? Shall it be said that the
stones of the building in which we are now assembled cut themselves into their
present shape, and then spontaneously came together, and piled this spacious
edifice? Should any one assert such a foolish thing, we should be disposed to doubt
his sanity; much more may we suspect the spiritual sanity of any man who would
venture to affirm that the great temple of the church of God designed and erected
itself. No: we believe that God the Father was the architect, sketched the plan,
supplies the materials, and will complete the work. Shall it also be said that those
who are redeemed redeemed themselves? that slaves of Satan break their own
fetters? Then why was a Redeemer needed at all?
Opposition to divine sovereignty is essentially atheism. Men have no objection to a
god who is really no God; I mean, by this, a god who shall be the subject of their
caprice, who shall be a lackey to their will, who shall be under their control,—they
have no objection to such a being as that; but a God who speaks, and it is done, who
commands, and it stands fast, a God who has no respect for their persons, but doeth
as he wills among the armies of heaven and among the inhabitants of this lower
world, such a God as this they cannot endure.
Your extremity is God’s opportunity. The difficulty all along has been to get to the
end of you; for when a man gets to the end of himself, he has reached the beginning
of God’s working.