God’s qualities are indescribable, incomprehensible and thereby awe-inspiring. If you are beset with problems stop for a period and begin to reflect on God. We are a curious people so wrapped in ourselves and easily prone to discouragement. What we desperately need is to get our eyes off our humanity and gaze where it is impossible to see—God’s “Godness.” Robert Russell shares in his book Releasing Resentment that Martin Luther once was depressed over a prolonged period. One day his wife came downstairs wearing all black. Martin Luther asked her, “Who died?”
She said, “God has.”
He answered, “God hasn't died.”
She replied, “Well, live like it and act like it.”
The Apostle Paul recognized the incredible mercy of Jesus in striking him blind in the middle of his religious-centered life. Paul recognized Christ’s “unlimited patience” applied to Him and then uttered the praise in the verse of meditation below.
1 Timothy 1:17--Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
“Now to the King”—stop racing around, drop to your knees and pay homage to the King! In our modern day we have lost what it means to come into the presence of royalty! Every day we serve THE KING!
Eternal, Immortal—Charles Haddon Spurgeon said, “As well might a gnat seek to drink in the ocean, as a finite creature to comprehend the Eternal God.” André Gide noted, “I cannot tell where God begins, still less where he ends. But my belief is better expressed if I say that there is no end to God’s beginning.”
Invisible—A. W. Tozer preached, “Do not try to imagine God, or you will have an imaginary God.” He is unseen but we need not rely on our imagination. As Paul noted, “For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).
Do we want to contemplate his power? We see it in the immensity of the creation. Do we want to contemplate his power? We see it in the immensity of the creation. Do we want to contemplate his wisdom? We see it in the unchangeable order by which the incomprehensible whole is governed. Do we want to contemplate his munificence? We see it in the abundance with which he fills the earth. Do we want to contemplate his mercy? We see it in his not withholding that abundance even from the unthankful.—Thomas Paine
The only God—“Wherever I go—only Thou! Wherever I stand—only Thou! Just Thou; again Thou! Always Thou! Thou, Thou, Thou! When things are good, Thou! When things are bad—Thou! Thou, Thou, Thou!” (Early Hasidic song from The Oxford Book of Prayer) There is no other God than our God!
Be honor and glory forever and ever—When we look beyond ourselves to God we find hope that confounds logic, peace that transcends disorder and love that brings meaning to life. He is due the entire honor. He deserves all the glory.
Amen—something to think about . . . in reveration!
All of God’s acts are consistent with all of his attributes. No attribute contradicts any other, but all harmonize and blend into each other in the infinite abyss of the Godhead. All that God does agrees with all that God is, and being and doing are one in Him.—A. W. Tozer
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)