New Year!

January 1, 2021

DAY 758

So here we are entering 2021.  And there are so many unknowns.  COVID-19 continues to claim lives, including my good friend and Christian brother, Jimmy Valez, this past week.  The majority of individuals throughout the world still are somewhat likely to face the COVID-19  virus in their own bodies, with many Christians by and large saying they will not take any of the current vaccines because reliable sources claim they contain cells from aborted babies.  But COVID-19 is just another way God is forcing our reliance completely upon Him.

For my family and me, the future is entirely in God’s hands, but I believe eventually He will vindicate me, release me, restore us, and give us victory in the upcoming civil suit in a way that will give Him all the honor and praise and glory!  It is so appropriate that a friend sent me for Christmas A.W. Tozer’s classic book, “The Knowledge of the Holy.”  In this overview of the attributes of God, Tozer writes of His infinitude, or limitlessness.  He says, “It is obviously impossible for a limited mind to grasp the Unlimited.”

This subject was actually the topic of discussion last night in our little church, speaking of the indescribable ecstasy of eternity with Christ.  It is unfathomable to our finite minds, incomprehensible to our human nature as there is nothing to compare.  Daniel, Ezekiel, and John tried to utilize various word pictures, but they fall short of the reality of what it will be like.  Words cannot describe it!  “For God is greater than mind itself.  His greatness cannot be conceived,” Tozer states.  “Nay, can we conceive of His greatness He would be less than the human mind which could form the conception.  He is greater than all language, and no statement can express Him.”  Aside from God Himself, there is nothing that hasn’t been created.  He alone is infinite!  Tozer defines it as God knowing no bounds.  He alone is boundless.  It means He is measureless.  “Limitations, imperfections, cannot apply to God.”  The human mind cannot understand or describe all the attributes of God, of which there are many.  We have no knowledge nor ability to comprehend many of them.  Tozer says it would be like the seraphim or cherubim being able to feel the attributes of mercy and grace, yet they have no personal or sympathetic meaning, for the reason they have not sinned and so do not call forth God’s mercy and grace.

One day it will be revealed to us these attributes.  For we know as believers God’s infinitude belongs to us and is made known to us for our everlasting profit.  At the entry into this new year, it is completely satisfying to turn from our limitations to a God who has none.  Tozer states, “Eternal years lie in His heart.  For Him time does not pass, it remains; and those who are in Christ share with Him all the riches of limitless time and endless years.  God never hurries.  There are no deadlines against which He must work.  Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves.  For those out of Christ, time is a devouring beast; before the sons of the new creation time crouches and purrs and licks their hands.  The foe of the old human race becomes the friend of the new, and the stars in their courses fight for the man God delights to honor.  This we may learn from the divine infinitude.

“But there is more.  God’s gifts in nature have their limitations.  They are finite because they have been created, but the gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus is as limitless as God.  The Christian man possesses God’s own life and shares His infinitude with Him.  In God there is life enough for all and time enough to enjoy it.”  Tozer goes on to explain that the mercy of God is infinite, too.  “Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.”  Tozer says, “Abounding sin is the terror of the world, but abounding grace is the hope of mankind.  However, sin may abound it still has its limits, for it is the product of finite minds and hears; but God’s ‘much more’ introduces us to the infinitude.  Against our deep creature-sickness stands God’s infinite ability to cure. . . His love is measureless.  It is more:  it is boundless.”

May God’s blessings and love abound in you this new year!

Philip Zodhiates

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