Monday, August 23, 2010

Godliness

I spent some time reading in Great God of Wonders by Maurice Roberts last night and was really struck by this section. As someone who tends to wonder, and ask, "why," frequently - well, it gave me plenty to think about. So far all I have read has been really good, I'll try to post more of my reading later....

A sure mark of true religion must always be godliness. Godliness is not easy to define in a word or two. It is a hunger in the heart of a renewed man for God. It is a strange consuming passion in the soul of a believer for a nearness to God. It was said of one of the philosophers that he was a "God intoxicated man". This phrase is worth using to at least show what godliness is in the soul of a true Christian...here is the essence of true holiness of life as it is always found, more or less, in all converted persons. With this yearning for God in the heart there is nothing to compare for importance in all the universe. The measure of man is the measure of this appetite for union and communion with the living God. Small appetite proves small grace; large appetite proves much grace; no appetite shows there is no grace at all.

There is something violent about a soul in love with God. The Bible witnesses to this fact. Abraham is willing to offer up his son as a sacrifice for no other reason than he hears this to be the will of God. The naked will of God is all that he lives by. Lesser Christians could scarcely bear such a test of Divine sovereignty. Most of us would ask God for reasons. But eminent, shining piety, like Abraham's, is ready to hazard all for the love it bears to God. It obeys even when it doesn't understand. It is God's glory to conceal His reasons from us. It is the mark of true godliness never to ask for them.

This is the essence of true love to God, "I delight to do thy will, O my God." Not always to understand it, but always to do it.....Godliness is anxious solely to do God's will, whether others see it or not. Godliness does the will of God so the right hand does not see what the left is doing.


It should be the thoughtful and conscious aim of the Christian to grow in godliness. Our books, our sermons, our communion seasons, our fellowship meetings of all kinds must be valued by us only as they lead us to a deeper knowledge of God himself. The aim is not personal pleasure, but personal godliness.
~ Great God of Wonders by Maurice Roberts

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"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
Isaiah 55:6,8-1