Posted by Jerry White on Mar 23, 2015
“To most people God is an inference, not a reality. He is a deduction from evidence which they consider adequate; but He remains personally unknown to the individual. For millions of Christians God is no more real than He is to the non-Christians.
Over against all this cloudy vagueness stands the clear Scriptural doctrine that God can be known in personal experience. A loving Personality dominates the Bible.
But why do the very ransomed children of God know so little of that habitual conscious communion with God which the Scriptures seem to offer? The answer is our chronic unbelief. God and the spiritual world are real. But sin has so clouded the lenses of our hearts that we cannot see. The great unseen Reality is God.
As we begin to focus upon God the things of the spirit will take shape before your inner eyes. Obedience to the word of Christ will bring an inward revelation of the Godhead (John 14:21-23). A new God-consciousness will seize upon us and we shall begin to taste and hear and inwardly feel the God who is our life and our all. God will become to us the great All, and His presence the glory and wonder of our lives.”
A. W. Tozer
The Pursuit of God
“Look around in your life, in your church. How many Christians do you see bent with all their powers to know God more and more — more truly, more clearly, more sweetly? Or, rather, do you see thousands fighting graduate school sins with a grammar school knowledge of God?
Some of you might say, ‘Wait, there are as many PhDs in theology who commit adultery as less-educated people.’ To which I would say, ‘Probably more.’ Why is it that people with PhDs in theology commit adultery? They don’t know God
You can read theology ten hours a day for forty years and not know God as beautiful and all-satisfying — as the highest treasure of your life….
They don’t know God for who he is — infinitely valuable, infinitely beautiful, infinitely satisfying — why your soul was made.”
John Piper, desiringGod.org