A couple of OFI quotes

I’m a bit behind in both reading and posting about some great quotes from OFI….

Here’s a recent one:

“What matters supremely is not, in the last analysis, the fact that I know God, but the larger fact which underlies it–the fact that he knows me. I am graven on the palms of his hands. I am never out of his mind.

All my knowledge of him depends on his sustained initiative in knowing me. I know him because he first knew me, and continues to know me. He knows me as a friend, one who loves me; and there is not a moment when his eye is off me, or his attention distracted from me, and no moment, therefore, when his care falters.

This is momentous knowledge. There is unspeakable comfort–the sort of comfort that energizes, be it said, not enervates–in knowing that God is constantly taking knowledge of me in love and watching over me for my good. There is tremendous relief in knowing that his love to me is utterly realistic, based at every point on prior knowledge of the worst about me, so that no discovery now can disillusion him about me, in the way I am so often disillusioned about myself, and quench his determination to bless me.”

– J.I. Packer, Knowing God, 41-42

That’s so true! It is a huge relief that His saving love and grace towards me is not in any way contingent on my character or actions – but rather on His character!  We love Him because He first loved us… (1 Jn 4:9) it couldn’t work any other way.  More to the point of this quote is Gal. 4:9, which talks about the order of knowledge (He of us, which results in us of Him).

And here’s an older one which I’ve been meaning to write about:

“Honest war with yourself comes paired with incomprehensible gifts. The peace of God passes all understanding, at the cost of all your fears! The love of God surpasses knowing, at the cost of every false love! Whatever you do, get this wisdom, this kingdom of God, this Christ! Nothing you could possibly desire compares. The cost is high: yourself. The reward is higher: no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.”

– David Powlison, Speaking Truth In Love (Glenside, PA: VantagePoint), 36.

“Nothing you could possibly desire compares.” Ah, but it is so easy to deceive myself that there are indeed other things which do compare…

The fantastic verses referenced by this quote: Phil. 4:6-7, Eph. 3:19, 1 Cor. 2:9.


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