Attributes: This week, we will be asking the question of both the child and the philosopher – “What is God like?” Yet what does this question mean? A.W. Tozer wrote, “‘What is God like?’ If by that question we mean, ‘What is God like in Himself?’ there is no answer. If we mean, ‘What has God disclosed about Himself that the reverent reason can comprehend?’ there is, I believe, an answer both full and satisfying. For while the name of God is secret and His essential nature incomprehensible, He in condescending love has by revelation declared certain things to be true of Himself. These we call His attributes” .
Incomprehensible: God has revealed Himself as incomprehensible. He is not exactly like anything or anyone. Yes, we were made in His image, but we were not made in His exact nature. As the Psalmist makes clear, we are the creation and He commands creation: “O Lord, what is man that you regard him, or the son of man that you think of him? Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow. Bow your heavens, O Lord, and come down! Touch the mountains so that they smoke! Flash forth the lightning and scatter them! Stretch out your hand from on high” .
Image: So what does it mean to be made in His incomprehensible image? Tozer reflected, “The yearning to know What cannot be known, to comprehend the Incomprehensible, to touch and taste the Unapproachable, arises from the image of God in the nature of man. Deep calleth unto deep, and though polluted and landlocked by the mighty disaster theologians call the Fall, the soul senses its origin and longs to return to its Source.” In other words, although our days are like passing shadows, we yearn for the Eternal One because He is our Creator and will one day bring us into His eternal presence.
Prayer: Lord, How can we come to know the unknowable? Your Word tells us that we come to know you through Jesus Christ our Lord. In him, you bowed your heavens and stretched out your hand from on high. By him, you effected complete self-disclosure. You came to us in the incarnation and you reconciled us to you in the atonement. Yet you reveal yourself to faith and love, not reason. Therefore, we enter and lay hold of your incomprehensibility by faith and love. Amen.
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