If You Think You Know God – Think Again

knowingGodKnowing God by J. I. Packer

“The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings, and the existence of the great God whom he calls his Father.” – Charles H. Spurgeon

If, like me, you were raised going to a Christian church, reading the Bible, and participating in Bible studies, you might think you know all there is to know about God. But the goal of the Christian shouldn’t be merely to know about God. We must realize, first, how little we know God and secondly, why it’s important to do so. Packer’s purpose for writing Knowing God is to stress the importance of really understanding who God is and to excite and motivate the Christian to strive towards knowing Him better. Theology is often downplayed and seems to receive little attention in many churches these days. (I actually saw a video of a “preacher” mocking those who sit in church and actually want more teaching!)  But every professing Christian should have as a lifelong pursuit the subject of theology, which is simply the study of God. And as a student of God’s Word, Packer says, the Christian must ask himself, “What do I intend to do with my knowledge about God, once I have got it?” When we read passages like Psalm 119 where the psalmist expresses his love for and desire to know God, His word, and His ways, it is clear his goal went beyond acquiring a basic knowledge about God. Packer points out that one may know a lot about God and godliness, and still hardly know Him. Continue reading “If You Think You Know God – Think Again”