I’m doing this amazing study on J.I. Packer’s book Knowing God.
I’m learning so much about myself, and some of it isn’t so good.
One of the study points this week was four characteristics of people who know God:
1) Great energy for God (If I know God I will have the energy and passion to spend time in prayer, in His Word and in service)
2) Great thoughts of God (If I know God I will recognize He is sovereign)
3) Boldness for God (If I know God, I will have the courage to speak out and follow Him without hesitation)
4) Contentment with God (If I know God, I can be content with Him, no matter my circumstances)
Then Packer goes on to say that each of the four characteristics is a ‘sign’ or ‘test’ of a person’s knowledge of God and asks the reader where he is strongest and weakest.
My answers surprised me!
I would say that I am bold for God. I am willing to share my faith, and I would do anything or go anywhere He asks me to. But what I didn’t realize is that my weakest ‘test’ is contentment.
See, even though I would follow God to the ends of the Earth, I find that I want human support. I don’t want to go it alone. I want someone to cheer me on.
Oh, how I desire to be content with God, no matter what the cost!