High View of God
One man I knew who previously did ministry in Alaska based his ministry off the premise of maintaining a high view of God. The basic idea is that a high view of God will fundamentally shape not only our ministry but our everyday lives as well.
In some content for a guys’ group that I lead, I came across this same theme. In fact, it’s more than a theme; for it is the very centerpiece of life itself. The essence of how we understand God shapes our theology, and these matters are at the very core of our lives as well as the Scriptures. As we mine the depths of Scripture, our academia drives us to wonder/awe, and therefore to praise and submission.
Think of Moses, Isaiah, or Ezekiel to name just a few notable examples of men who encountered God’s majesty and holiness. In each occurrence God’s confrontation with these men left them with a high view of His glory/His very essence. They didn’t have to further investigate this high and lifted up Deity before bowing their lives to Him. Instead, when they saw God in His glory, they were each indelibly impressed with God’s holiness and were therefore driven to brokenness over their own sin. Confrontation with God’s glory indelibly drives us to repentance, faith, submission, and worship. In other words, a high view of God is inseparably connected to our lifestyle. One’s theology will lead and shape the conduct and character of one’s life.
A.W. Tozer once said in his day (1950’s to early 1960’s):
“It is my opinion that the Christian conception of God current in these middle years of the twentieth century is so decadent as to be utterly beneath the dignity of the Most High God and actually to constitute for professed believers something amounting to a moral calamity.” (from The Knowledge of the Holy)
Tozer’s statement is worthy of some meditation, for as you ponder his statement you see that he meant it as an exhortation.
Back up a few hundred years to the time of the Puritans and you will find believers whose high view of God Almighty immensely affected their everyday lives. John Owen wrote, “On Christ’s glory I would fix all my thoughts and desires, and the more I see of the glory of Christ, the more the painted beauties of this world will wither in my eyes and I will be more and more crucified to this world. It will become to me like something dead and putrid, impossible for me to enjoy.” (from The Glory of Christ)
We, as the church in 2017, would do well to mine the depths of the Scriptures on the greatness of God and to ask the Holy Spirit to show us the wonders of the Father’s glory. Furthermore, a reading of great reflections on Theology from Tozer, Owen, and others may challenge us, stimulating our minds and hearts to the wonders of this God in Whose image we are fashioned.