Today’s Reading: Daniel 11:2-35 (additional reading: Psalm 122:1-9 & Proverbs 29:1 )
In the days we live in now many are trying to get ahead by many different ways. People attend college to get ahead, some invest, some start businesses, some have wrongful relationships, and some enter into politics. How do you plan on achieving greatness?
Daniel 11:32b reminds us. “But the people who know their God will be strong and carry out great exploits.”
C.S. Lewis said “In God you come up against something which is in every respect immeasurably superior to yourself. Unless you know God as that – and, therefore, know yourself as nothing in comparison – you do not know God at all. As long as you are proud, you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.”
During the Protestant Reformation of the 1500s, Martin Luther articulated a timeless distinction between two approaches to knowing God. He labelled one a “theology of glory,” and applied it to those who believe they can attain to a glorious knowledge of God by human goodness, religious effort, mystical experiences, or the wisdom of human reason. According to this view, God manifests Himself most often through blessings, victory, success, miracles, power, and other exhilarating experiences of “glory.” By contrast, Luther argued that the biblical way to know God goes through a “theology of the cross.” God has “hidden” Himself where human wisdom would not expect to find Him, that is, in the lowliness and suffering of the man Jesus Christ, and especially in His humiliating death on a Roman cross. As Luther put it, “true theology and recognition of God are in the crucified Christ.” So rather than finding God by ascending to Him through our efforts, wisdom, or self-initiated experiences, God has descended to us in Jesus whose glory was in the least-expected of places – the cross – and in a way where He can be found by faith alone.
We tend to see a generation of Christians who major on minor matters but do not seem to possess the true measure of the gospel in the knowledge of God. We must guard ourselves against solely know ing more about God and never knowing Him.
Are we like the people of Daniel? Can it be said that we know our God?
Father, Thank You that You allow us to know You and to enter into a relationship with You. Help us not only to seek more knowledge about You but really to deepen our relationship. In Jesus’ name, Amen