Life as a River
I have been reading a 120 page little book by A.W. Tower - The Knowledge of the Holy. Randy Alcorn has said, ‘that other than the Bible this book has been the most influential in his life.’
From the first paragraph on, my brain begins acting like my computer —- it is trying to ‘lock up’. It just doesn’t seem capable of processing.
However, not being one to keep this experience to myself, I am going to share ‘some’ of Tozer’s thoughts with you, and pray that your brain will not lock up! Here is just a small taste.
“God has no origin, and it is precisely this concept of no-origin which distinguishes That-which-is-God from whatever is not God.
Origin is a word that can apply only to things created. When we think of anything that has origin we are not thinking of God. God is self-existent, while all created things necessarily originated somewhere at some time. Aside from God, nothing is self-caused.
By our effort to discover the origin of things we confess our belief that everything was made by Someone who was made of none. By familiar experience we are taught that everything ‘came from’ something else. Whatever exists must have had a cause that antedates it and was at least equal to it, since the lesser cannot produce the greater. Any person or thing may be at once both caused and the cause of someone or something else; and so, back to the One who is the cause of all but is Himself caused by none. (Are you starting to feel a little bit of lock up?)
‘Where did God come from’ - the child asks. By this question, he unwittingly acknowledges his creature-hood. Already the concept of cause and source and origin is firmly fixed in his mind. He knows that everything around him came from something other than itself, and he simply extends that concept upward to God. The little philosopher is thinking in true creature-idiom and, allowing for his lack of basic information he is reasoning correctly. He must be told that God has no origin, and he will find this hard to grasp since it introduces a category with which he is wholly unfamiliar and contradicts the bent toward origin-seeking so deeply ingrained in all intelligent beings, a bent that impels them to probe ever back and back toward undiscovered beginnings. (Some of you are already hopelessly ‘frozen’ - ‘locked up’)
To think steadily of that to which the idea of origin cannot apply is not easy, if indeed it is possible at all. The human mind, being created, has an understandable uneasiness about the Uncreated. We tend to be disquieted by the thought of One who does not account to us for His being, who is responsible to no one, who is self-existent self-dependent and self-sufficient.
To admit that there is One who lies beyond us, who will not be be dismissed with a name, who will not appear before the bar of our reason, nor submit to our curious inquiries; this requires a great deal of humility, more than most of us possess, so we save face by thinking God down to our level, or at least down to where we can manage Him. (Anybody still with me?)
Yet how He eludes us! For He is everywhere while He is nowhere, for ‘where’ has to do with matter and space, and God is independent of both. He is unaffected by time or motion, is wholly self-dependent and owes nothing to the worlds His hands have made.”
Rev. A.W. Tozer
Timeless, spaceless, single, lonely,
Yet sublimely three,
Thou art grandly, always, only
God in Unity!
Lone in grandeur, lone in glory,
Who shall tell Thy wondrous story?
Frederick W. Faber
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