Posted by: ritagone | May 23, 2018

Longing for God

Once again I’d like to present a reading from Timothy and Kathy Keller’s devotional, “God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life,” which I’ve been using in 2018 for my morning reading.  When I am particularly struck by a 

  given day’s reading, sharing it with my readers brings me great joy because I know how impactful Tim Keller’s words can be.


This is the entry for May 19, and the verses shared are Proverbs 30:1-3 in the NIV.  “I am weary, God, but I can prevail.  Surely I am only a brute, not a man; I do not have human understanding.  I have not learned wisdom, nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One.”


“LONGING FOR GOD.  The speaker says he has no more understanding of life and God than an animal (a brute). Exaggera

tion?  Yes, but a healthy, paradoxical one.  He says he doesn’t know God, but that very statement is a mark of spiritual awakening.  Those who are confident they know God well don’t.  Those who cry that they don’t know him at all have begun to do so.  Sometimes a keen sense of God’s absence is a sign that he is actually drawing us closer to him.

The man who cried, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” was actually putting faith in Jesus at that moment (Mark 9:24).  The first step to remedying ignorance is to know the full extent of your ignorance.  “If anyone would like to acquire humility I can, I think, tell him the first step….If you think you are not conceited, you are very conceited indeed.” (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity) The sage in 30:1-3 took that first step by admitting the infinite gap in knowledge between God and human beings, and therefore the need for God’s revelation.  The next step is to listen to the Word of God and admit we are sinners in need of grace.

Can you honestly say you have a hunger to know God?


Prayer:  Lord, teach me the absolutely essential spiritual skill of repentant self-examination, but help me to avoid the self-absorption of morbid introspection.  Amen.

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