This is another interesting quote from A. W. Tozer about the infinite nature of God.
As created beings, we have devised ways to account for ourselves. Measurement is a way we have of accounting for things, and we are compulsive about this…We know how big the sun is, how big the moon is, how much the earth weighs, how much the sun weighs and how much many other of the heavenly bodies weigh. We can weigh all of these things and measure them because they are finite. When we come to God, there is no way to measure anything of His grace. The grace of God is infinite and beyond our ability to measure. His grace has no beginning and therefore no end. — A. W. Tozer, My Daily Pursuit, pg. 231
It’s time for more quotes from my journal. I love these thoughts about God–big, limitless, boundless.
The mercy of God is an ocean divine, a boundless and fathomless flood. Launch out in the deep and cut away the shore line, and be lost in the mercy of God. –A. B. Simpson
We misuse the words ‘boundless’ and ‘unlimited’ because the words ‘boundless,’ ‘unlimited,’ and ‘infinite’ all mean the same thing. They are words to describe God. In no way, shape or form do they describe man. We have a limit to everything about us. God, on the other hand, has no limits. We are not using words carelessly when we say that God is boundless, limitless and infinite. — A. W. Tozer, My Daily Pursuit, pg. 230
Bravo, God, Bravo! Everyone join in the great shout: Encore! In awe before the beauty, in awe before the might. — Psalm 96:7 (MSG)
I came across this first quote just shortly before the eclipse. It was a good one to think about while I was watching the total eclipse.
It was now about midday, but darkness came over the whole countryside until three in the afternoon, for there was an eclipse of the sun. The veil in the Temple sanctuary was split in two. Then Jesus gave a great cry and said, “Father, I commend my spirit into your hands.” And with these words, he died. –Luke 3:44-46 (PHI)
This quote was very special to me when I sprained my wrist in the bike accident. I always knew God was taking care of me.
May the Master take you by the hand and lead you along the path of God’s love and Christ’s endurance. –2 Thessalonians 3:5 (MSG)
I have done my share of waiting and being patient in various situations throughout my life. I can tell you that good things are worth the wait.
Come and listen to the testimony of one who can speak from experience of the pure and blessed outcome of patient waiting upon God…The word patience is derived from the Latin word for suffering. It suggests the thought of being under the constraint of some power from which we would gladly be free. At first, we submit against our will. Experience teaches us that when it is vain to resist, patient endurance is our wisest course. In waiting on God, it is of infinite consequence that we do not submit only because we are compelled to but because we lovingly and joyfully consent to be in the hands of our blessed Father. Patience then becomes our highest blessedness and our highest grace. It honors God, and gives Him time to have His way with us. It is the highest expression of our faith in His goodness and faithfulness. It brings the soul perfect rest in the assurance that God is carrying on His work. It is the token of our full consent that God should deal with us in such a way and time as He thinks best. True patience is the losing of our self-will in His perfect will…O soul, do not be impatient, whether it is in the exercise of prayer and worship that you find it difficult to wait; in the delay of definite requests or in the fulfillment of your heart’s desire for the revelation of God Himself in a deeper spiritual life! –Andrew Murray, Waiting On God, pg. 55-58
Here are more great quotes I’ve come across in recent months.
O God, when my faith gets overladen with dust, blow it clean with the wind of your Spirit. When my habits of obedience get stiff and rusty, anoint them with the oil of your Spirit. Restore the enthusiasm of my first love for you. –Eugene H. Peterson
When the Ark of God was carried to the Tabernacle in Jerusalem, three men were given the honor of directing the choir for the festivities: Asaph, who wrote many psalms; Heman, who wrote Psalm 88; and Ethan, who wrote today’s psalm [Psalm 89]. In Psalm 88 Heman holds a dour view of life–basically, “Life’s a mess and then you die…” But Psalm 89 starts by singing the mercies of God. We get three-quarters of the way through Ethan’s song before we realize anything’s wrong…”Oh, the kingdom of Israel is falling apart,” Ethan says, “but God is good. His unfailing love will last forever.” Ethan’s name means “steady, rock-solid,” and you can tell that his perspective keeps him steady through the storms of life. No matter what happens, he sees God’s great mercy, and he sings about it. You should also know that Ethan later changed his name to Jeduthun, meaning “the Lord is steady.” Because of the Lord’s steadiness, we can live with a solid confidence, whatever our circumstances might be. —One Year Book of Psalms, 7/14
I love that! It isn’t enough to have a name that means you’re steady. We aren’t steady and calm, but God is! We can trust Him when everything else is falling apart.