To Know the Author
According to God's Word Series
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Communication, whether written, verbal, or in gestures, allows us to know who and what kind of person we are dealing with. Over time we can gather what their intent is and their level of integrity. We know people that wear their heart on the sleeve, are calloused and hard-hearted, are giving and benevolent, or are reserved and untrusting. Their character has been molded by many factors and continues to be influenced by outside sources.
I have been reading George Müller's auto-biography and biographies about him and by this I get to know him. Even though he was a liar, a thief, and a con artist, God stirred within his soul a compassion for people and longing for a relationship with Himself the Father. Only God can take a person who would lie and steal without reservation or regret and turn their hearts 180°.
We have a Heavenly Father, an Almighty God, that knows us and who we are. He longs for fellowship, for communication. In this communication we will get to know Him. He is not distant but closer than our very breath. How are we going to know Him? We have access to Him, Jesus Christ redeemed us and rent the veil that separated us from the holy of holies, the innermost sanctuary. We can now come before the throne of grace with boldness. To truly know our Heavenly Father, Almighty God, we need to come to His Holy Scriptures. The most intimate knowledge of God is laid there like treasure. God's heart for His man is laid bare in the pages of His Book. When we come to His Word prayerfully and habitually we are rewarded with His love and care.
One question that I have about George Müller is how was he able to walk with God and be so completely trusting? In the biography "George Müller of Bristol, His Life of Prayer and Faith" by A. T. Pierson, Mr. Pierson quotes "Of the Kings Treasuries" by Ruskin in saying:
...[H]ow few, even among believers, appreciate the privilege of access to the
great Author of the universe through His word! Poor and rich, high and low,
ignorant and learned, young and old, all alike are welcomed to the
audience-chamber of the King of Kings. The most intimate knowledge of God is
possible on one condition--that we search His Holy Scriptures, prayerfully
and habitually, and translate what we there find, into obedience. Of him who
thus meditates on God's law day and night, who looks and continues looking
into this perfect law of liberty the promise is unique, and found in both
Testaments: "Whatsoever he doeth shall prosper"; "that man shall be blessed in
his deed." (Comp. Psalm 1:3; Joshua 1:8; James 1:25.)
So soon as George Müller found this well-spring of delight and success, he drank habitually at this fountain of living waters. In later life he lamented that, owing to his early neglect of this source of divine wisdom and strength, he remained so long in spiritual infancy, with its ignorance and impotence. So long and so far as his growth in knowledge of God was thus arrested his growth in grace was likewise hindered. His close walk with God began at the point where he learned that such walk is always in the light of that inspired word which is divinely declared to be to the obedient soul "a lamp unto the feet and light unto the path." He who would keep up intimate converse with the Lord must habitually find in the Scriptures the highway of such companionship...
Blessed are they who have thus learned to use the key which gives free access, not only to the King's Treasuries, but to the King Himself! (50, 51)
The scripture that Pierson is referring to are as follows:
:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
:11 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
God is the fountain if living waters (Solomon 4:15; Jeremiah 2:13) and a light unto our path:
:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Only God can change the heart of a man. He is our great miracle-working God. Come to Him with open palms in reverence and respect and immerse yourself in His Word. You will then find a loving Heavenly Father that is willing to help, guide and take care of you all the days of your life and for eternity.