Don’t be cruel to yourself

The year was 1855. The pastor was only 20 years old when he delivered his sermon in a little chapel in England. His name was Charles Spurgeon.

He introduced his sermon with a question and a solution:

Question – “Would you lose your sorrows? Would you drown your cares?

Solution – “Then go, plunge yourself into the Godhead’s deepest sea; be lost in His immensity. And you shall come forth as from a couch of rest, refreshed and invigorated. I know nothing which can so comfort the soul; so calm the swelling billows of sorrow and grief, so speak peace to the winds of trial, as a devout contemplation of the Godhead.”

“No subject of contemplation will tend more to humble the mind, than thoughts of God… But while the subject humbles the mind, it also expands it. He who often thinks of God will have a larger mind than the man who simply plods around this narrow globe.”  

More than a century later

Another man wrote a book to help people think deeply about God. It’s hard to measure the profound impact this book has had throughout the world.

His name is J. I. Packer and his book is simply titled, “Knowing God.”  In his introduction, he recommended that,

“We are cruel to ourselves if we try to live in this world without knowing about the God whose world it is and who runs it. The world becomes a strange, mad, painful place, and life in it a disappointing and unpleasant business, for those who do not know about God. Disregard the study of God, and you sentence yourself to stumble and blunder through life blindfolded, as it were, with no sense of direction and no understanding of what surrounds you. This way you can waste your life and lose your soul.” ― J.I. Packer, Knowing God

  • “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” (Romans 11:33).
  • Jesus prayed, “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (John 17:3).

Steve Cornell

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