Tozer Devotional

Mon, February 27, 2023

Thinking of What He Is Not Like

This negative approach to the divine omniscience is, I believe, quite justified in the circumstances. Because our intellectual knowledge of God is so small and obscure, we can sometimes gain considerable advantage in our struggle to understand what God is like by the simple expedient of thinking what He is not like. So far in this examination of the attributes of God we have been driven to the free use of negatives. We have seen that God had no origin, that He had no beginning, that He requires no helpers, that He suffers no change, and that in His essential being there are no limitations.

This method of trying to make men see what God is like by showing them what He is not like is used also by the inspired writers in the Holy Scriptures. "Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard," cries Isaiah, "that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary?" And that abrupt statement by God Himself, "I am the Lord, I change not," tells us more about the divine omniscience than could be told in a 10,000-word treatise, were all negatives arbitrarily ruled out. God's eternal truthfulness is stated negatively by the apostle Paul, "God . . . Cannot lie"; and when the angel asserted that "with God nothing shall be impossible," the two negatives add up to a ringing positive.


Do you not know? / Have you not heard? / The Lord is everlasting God, / the Creator of the ends of the earth. / He will not grow tired or weary, / and his understanding no one can fathom. Isaiah 40:28


When we try to think of what God is like, it may be best to think of what He is not like.


Our feeble minds can know little of what You are like, Father. Help us then to think of what You are not like to better understand what You are like!

“What I believe about God is the most important thing about me.”

A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.

bookHis books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the The Knowledge of the Holy Chapter 10 - The Divine Omniscience


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