Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him? For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. Romans 11:33-36
This is my “conclusion” to my essay on What God Is Like (with two addenda to follow), but let’s be real, how does one conclude a conversation about what God is like? Trying to “finish” a study of the Infinite is like snorkeling to the bottom of the Mariana Trench – without fins or flashlight!
What’s he like? He’s like himself, and he’s the only one who is. But of all that we know about God, to me the most amazing thing about him is that he invites us to know him. He stands at our door, persistently knocking, tenderly calling our name, and proposing intimate friendship.
“God is a Person and can be known in increasing degrees of intimate acquaintance as we prepare our hearts for the wonder.” A.W. Tozer
That he’s a Person and can be known, is pretty obvious from one simple and sincere reading of the Bible. It’s those increasing degrees of intimate acquaintance that he impressed on me that Sunday in 1977 with my face buried in that shag carpet and said, “You need to know me!” I still prepare my heart for the wonder.