I’m fascinated by the spiritual growth of my grandchildren. At 5 and 2, they know for sure that God made them. They know he loves them, and whenever we have “theological discussions,” I am usually the one who walks away enlightened, because their thoughts about God come through uncluttered and full of joy.
On the other end of life, author and theologian J.I. Packer recently passed away at the age of 93, having spent his life expressing truth about God in words both clear and profound. He saw two straightforward facts about God in every single biblical passage:
- God is king.
- God speaks.
Best of all, he ties these two great truths together at the level of relationship for “though God is a great king, it is not his wish to live at a distance from his subjects. Rather the reverse: he made us with the intention that he and we might walk together forever in a love-relationship.” (Knowing God, page 99)
The writer of Psalm 139 put it this way:
O Lord, you have searched me and known me!”Psalm 139:1
Because he made us, he knows us: “Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.”
However, we can only know about him if he chooses to self disclose. This he has done! The King’s good words to us are not merely directives, lists of dos and don’ts to keep us in line. God’s words are his way of letting us know him, what he has done, what he holds dear, what he abhors. Packer goes on to say God speaks to us “to enable us to know him so that we may love him.”
When you come to the Word of God this morning, are you approaching it as a treasure hunt for the nature of God–as a letter from a wise and cherished friend? It’s far too easy to fall into routine with the words of God, to read carelessly, or to pick up on all the instructions and warnings and to miss God’s heart entirely.
Every word is an invitation to know him and to love him more.
Grateful for the love of a God who speaks,
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