Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Seek, but Only Some Shall Find

G.I. Williamson writes "... Just as a balloon, when it is blown up, expands in every direction, so does man's learning bring him face to face with the endless mystery of the wonderful works of God. For example, new and more powerful telescopes have been invented by men in order that they might study the secrets of the stars. But what has been the result? The result has been this: they now have many millions of new stars to study! This is one reason why scientific theory is constantly changing. For the more men discover, the more they also discover how much more there is that they do not know..."

G.I. Williamson's preface to this paragraph states: "Strange as it may seem, Jesus once said that God has 'hid things from the wise and prudent, and ... revealed them unto babes' (Luke 10:21). In other words, some of the most intelligent and best-educated people lack true wisdom. And some very simple people who are not well educated have true wisdom. The reason for this is that man, of himself, cannot really come to the knowledge of the truth. The more a man learns by his own effort (by the unaided power of his own mind, the more he faces the unknown."

This should not surprise us...

If man seeks peace apart from Christ, he will never find it; but when he finds Christ, he will gain peace.

If man seeks lasting joy apart from Christ, he will never find it; but when he finds Christ, he can know joy.

If man seeks to have the grounds for knowledge apart from Christ, he will never find it; but when he finds Christ, he discovers those grounds.

If man seeks understanding apart from Christ, he will never find it; but when he finds Christ, he will gain understanding.




WSC Q. 2: What rule has God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him?
Ans: The word of God which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him."

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