“Aquaint thyself with God.” A.W. Tozer, Knowledge of the Holy
This Family Discipleship Kit challenges families to study and meditate on the attributes of God. This list of God’s attributes was adapted for children from A. W. Tozer’s Knowledge of the Holy, and though not intended to provide the most theologically complete definitions of each term, seeks to provide an accurate and balanced introduction to the person of God to children and even adults who may be new to the Bible.
Knowing God is the single most important pursuit of one's life. In God alone are we able to find our own identity, our purpose in life, and the calibration needed for every decision we encounter, both big and small! Since our knowledge of God is so essential, we must dedicate ourselves to knowing the true and real God - not just the picture of him we have created in ourselves.
An accurate picture of God is absolutely opposite to the inclination of our sinful hearts. Satan, our enemy, works continually to skew, distort, and disguise our understanding of the way God really is, so it shouldn't surprise us that our knowledge of what God is like is thin. Knowing the true God will take study...and humility.
We cannot expect to know God as he really is by merely reading a list of his attributes. Though we may say the right words with our mouths, our hearts will be far from the truth unless we are given the grace to understand through the illumination of the Holy Spirit.
As the beatitudes in Matthew remind us, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." We need the gospel of Jesus to cleanse us from unrighteousness, and exchange our hearts of stones for hearts of flesh. We need pure hearts so that we can see God as he really is. Only then will we be able to take these truths in our mouths and believe them with our hearts.
To this end, the lessons in this Family Discipleship Kit defines a specific attribute of God, but also seeks to lead you in being reminded of the gospel – and how much more glorious the gospel becomes in the light of the almighty transcendent God.
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