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    Mr. Sawyer is very interested in automobile engines. He spends many hours studying engines and working on his car.

    Mr. Sawyer has a three-year-old son named Robert. Imagine Mr. Sawyer speaking with his son and saying, "Now, Robert, this is the carburetor. The carburetor mixes the gasoline from the fuel lines with air. This fuel and air mixture is drawn down into the cylinders when the pistons move down. This mixture is compressed as the piston rises again and is ignited by a spark from the spark plug which forces the piston back down and...

    Why will Robert not fully understand his father's explanation of how a car operates? Will Robert, however, still know that his father's car exists and runs?

    The difference in understanding between man and God is greater than that between Robert and his father. We cannot fully explain God. Can we, however, still know that God exists and acts?


Although it is impossible to fully understand or explain God, it is possible to know Him. Human beings can know, love, honor, and serve God.


To rightfully know and love God is most important for each of us; it is the purpose for which we were created. We need to know God for the following three reasons:

    1. As our Creator, God created us for the purpose of knowing, loving, serving, glorifying, and enjoying Him forever. Therefore He has the right to expect this from us.

    2. We will never find true peace, satisfaction or fulfillment apart from God. We were created to love an infinite and perfect God, and therefore, finite and imperfect things will never satisfy us.

    3. After death, we must give an account of our lives to God. To have despised our Creator's communion, rejected His purpose, and rebelled against His Person will be most terrible.

How can we know that God is true? We may know this from God's Word (the Bible), creation, providence, and our consciences. Yet, we cannot fully understand or explain Him.

Why can you not fully answer the question that the king of Syracuse asked Simonides, "What is God?"

Why is the difference in understanding between man and God greater than that between Robertand his father? Can we know that He works, even though we cannot fully understand Him?

 

Know ye the LORD He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves.

- Psalm 100:3a

And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear 0 Israel; the Lord our God is one Lord:

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first and great commandment.

- Mark 12:29-30

Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

- Ecclesiastes 12:8,13-14

 

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