God always acts like Himself, wherever He may be and whatever He may be doing; in Him there is neither variableness nor shadow of turning. Yet His infinitude places Him so far above our knowing that a lifetime spent in cultivating the knowledge of Him leaves as much yet to learn as if we had never begun. God’s limitless knowledge and perfect wisdom enable Him to work rationally beyond the bounds of our rational knowing. For this reason we cannot predict God’s actions as we can predict the movements of the heavenly bodies, so He constantly astonishes us as He moves in freedom through His universe. So imperfectly do we know Him that it may be said that one invariable concomitant of a true encounter with God is delighted wonder. No matter how high our expectation may be, when God finally moves into the field of our spiritual awareness we are sure to be astonished by His power to be more wonderful than we anticipate, and more blessed and marvelous than we had imagined He could be. Yet in a measure His actions may be predicted, for, as I have said, He always acts like Himself. Since we know, for instance, that God is love, we may be perfectly sure that love will be present in His every act, whether it be the salvation of a penitent sinner or the destruction of an impenitent world. Similarly we can know that He will always be just, faithful, merciful and true.
A while back I happened to participate (sort of) in a conversation about “thinking”. Specifically, thinking about God. Tozer makes the statement above that “His infinitude places Him so far above our knowing that a lifetime spent in cultivating the knowledge of Him leaves as much yet to learn as if we had never begun.” S0……..how can we possibly even begin to know Him, to grow in that knowledge of Him (even tho’ it is very true that we can never have enough knowledge of Him), much less be astonished if we don’t think about Him. Thinking about Him, about His Son whom He sent to die for us, about the Cross, about the life we have in Jesus Christ; oh my I could go on and on. Thinking about these things should stimulate our minds. We should be full of questions and full of wonder. We should find that seeking Him creates more questions than answers. And we should continue to think on those questions to gain more understanding, and yes to create more questions.
“So imperfectly do we know Him……”