The following quote has really got me thinking this week.
What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. - A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy.
A few thoughts:
- What are my gut level reactions when I think about God and what do they indicate about my current spiritual condition? What feelings surface when I think about God? Am I excited? Scared? Embarrassed? Comforted? This seems to me to be a good indicator of the condition of my heart.
- What do I believe about God’s work in my life and how does that affect my actions in this moment? Do I believe that I can trust God or should I take matters into my own hands?
- In what ways do my ideas of God not match up to His Word? Am I more interested in my idea of God, or the truth about who He really is?
Tozer goes on to say, “I believe there is scarcely an error in doctrine or a failure in applying Christian ethics that cannot be traced finally to imperfect and ignoble thoughts about God.” In other words, what we think about God is so important because what we believe affects how we act. A lie believed to be true, will affect us as if it’s true.
Thankfully God has revealed Himself to us and invites us to seek Him. In the process of getting to know Him, our wrong ideas are corrected. It’s a lifelong process and we’ll never run out of things to learn about Him.