“If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it? May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar…” -Rom. 3. 3-4a
I am not much of a debater. I’m convinced that there are brethren called to debate and apologetics, and I am thankful for them. I am more apt to leave an argumentative soul with one statement to consider, as best as I receive grace to give.
There are times for extensive interaction in the form of debate, and there are other times when a man must be left with a simple declaration of the reality of God, and the memory of a face that is convinced of His presence.
The unbelief of the nations has not rattled the stability of God’s testimony one bit. All the mounds of literature written against Him have not tamed His holy fire at all. What goes on in the brains of God-less thinking men, as voluminous, impressive, and intimidating as it may seem, is as much of a threat to His testimony as a gnat is to a thunderstorm. He who sits in the heavens laughs, the Psalmist tells us, for all the intellectual reckonings and strivings of the wisest of faithless men are but fading images on the canvas of history. I believe it was D.L. Moody who said that the believer “on his knees sees more than the philosopher on tiptoe.”
The human ego, in its attempts at self-realization in the avoidance of eternal reality, finds great offense in the throne of God. But the soul who realizes its “dustness” is swallowed up with the delight of forgiveness and salvation that comes from the hand of the Uncreated One. Hear Tozer:
Aside from God, nothing is self-caused.
…. everything was made by Someone who was made of none.
The human mind, being created, has an understandable uneasiness about the Uncreated. We do not find it comfortable to allow for the presence of One who is wholly outside of the circle of our familiar knowledge. We tend to be disquieted by the thought of One who does not account to us for His being, who is responsible to no one, who is self-existent, self-dependent and self-sufficient.
…. To admit that there is One who lies beyond us, who exists outside of all our categories, who will not be dismissed with a name, who will not appear before the bar of our reason, nor submit to our curious inquiries: this requires a great deal of humility, more than most of us possess, so we save face by thinking God down to our level, or at least down to where we can manage Him. Yet how He eludes us! For He is everywhere while He is nowhere, for “where” has to do with matter and space, and God is independent of both. He is unaffected by time or motion, is wholly self-dependent and owes nothing to the worlds His hands have made.
Timeless, spaceless, single, lonely,
Yet sublimely Three,
Thou art grandly, always, only
God in Unity!
Lone in grandeur, lone in glory,
Who shall tell Thy wondrous story?
Awful Trinity! (Faber)
(A.W. Tozer, THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE HOLY; Harper Collins, 1961; pp. 32-34)
Let the philosophers philosophize. Let the theorists form theories. Let the agnostics run their circles. Let critical scholars criticize. Let the atheist deny and doubt until he is blue in the face. God will be found true in the end. He will shake everything that can be shaken, every man will be found a liar, and He will rule from Zion forever and ever. Amen!