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Where we begin

From God in the Whirlwind, discussing where we begin when we contemplate God's love:

This is where we must start. We must start with God himself if we are to learn about the nature of his love. We must start above, not below. We must start with who he is and not with our sense as to who he is or what we want. We must do so because God is known only to the extent to which, and in the ways that, he has made himself known to us. So, we must await his summons. Not only so, but we come as offenders, law-violators, the guilty. We must come to him in the only way that will suffice. That is, we come through the person and because of the work of Christ.


Tumbled along

In the opening chapter of God in the Whirlwind, David Wells talks about the distractions which keep us from knowing God. We live in a world of noise: emails, text messages, social media, blogs, news. Knowing God involves sustained thought. It is not an instantaneous a process, and we're getting used to the instantaneous. 

Wells says the solution for that is to learn focus, to lay aside other concerns that erode our concentration. It is a matter of what we want most:

If our strongest motive, our deepest desire, is to know God, it will generate the discipline that we need to pursue this, because we will want to know God more than anything else. If this is not our strongest motive, we will find ourselves with multiple, alternative, and competing foci. These will inevitably distract us. If we are not self-directed, we will be tumbled along by our culture. And that is when we will lose our ability to reflect on the deeper issues of life.

Oh, how I have seen this happen in my own life! I allow too many details into my mind, to the detriment of my focus. Surely it is this tendency to distraction which creates an urge to look for the next best thing that comes along rather than stay focused for longer periods.