I was recently browsing a book called “Our Great God and Saviour” by Rev Eric J. Alexander.
Rev Alexander will be known by some in the preaching and conference speaking circuit in the USA. There is a website which has information about him and his sermon resources which you can find by clicking this link.
He was minister of St George’s Tron Church of Scotland, in Glasgow, for twenty years, from 1977 to 1997. I attended this church for seven years.
I didn’t know he had written any books until I happened across this one in the then Wesley Owen (Christian book and media store) one day (now called Faith Mission bookstore).
In a chapter entitled “The Greatness of God”, Alexander writes,
“We have needs. God has none; He is complete in Himself. His relationships with the rest of creation and with us as His people are a result of His sovereign will and pleasure, not because He has any need in Himself or because He is incomplete without creating us….the God of the Bible is complete in Himself. He chooses to use us as His instruments but He does not need to. He needs no teachers…But when we ask, ‘Who taught God His wisdom? From whom did He get understanding? Where did He earn His degrees?’ The answer is, ‘From no one.’ God is the only untaught original mind…What God decrees, He performs. What God plans, He fulfils…His wisdom is perfect, unsullied and unspoiled by human imperfections. So His ways are perfect, His words are true, His decrees are good, His plans are flawless. And He never makes mistakes.”
Sometimes you read something and you just have to stop and think.
You’re momentarily lost in wonder.
This was one of those times.
God is awesome.
God is a mystery.
Since childhood, I have never understood how God can always have existed and never ever have begun to exist because He has always been there. But I am human and my mind is finite and I am not equipped to understand this.
Yet I believe this same uncreated and eternal God revealed himself in Jesus Christ and is the only answer that makes sense to the question of life itself, of why there is something and not nothing, of why we exist and of what gives us value, purpose and hope.
Anyone who needs to be taught has, by definition, incomplete and insufficient knowledge. God has no need of a teacher, he has no need to be taught, he is eternal and eternally self-sufficient. There is nothing which can be known which God does not know. There is nothing outside of God’s knowledge, else he would not be God and there would be a power greater than God.
God is awesome.
God calls to us and loves us with an undying love in Jesus Christ.
God loves us and invites us to experience his love for us by opening our hearts to Jesus Christ, his Son, giving our lives to him and following him.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life…” (John 14:6)
We can know God!
Thanks for reading.