In Adoring God by Keith Knell we get a take a look at the true attributes of God. All of us have an idea of who God is, whether or not it is an outdated man in a white gown on a cloud, or a loving father, or the decide of sinners. Keith Knell, nevertheless, asks us to reassess who we predict God is. Relying closely on Scripture-the most dependable supply for details about God-he walks readers by God’s many attributes, separating the myths and misconceptions from what the Bible says and reminding us to not make the error of seeing God as having human attributes as a result of we’re made in His picture and never the opposite method round.As Keith states early within the guide, “Ultimately, my goal in this book is not to teach you how to read and understand the Bible better, but for you to get to know God better, to understand Him more fully and love Him more deeply.” Keith desires us to reread the Bible, asking ourselves within the course of, “What does this passage reveal about God?” In spite of everything, Keith factors out, “The Bible is primarily about God unveiling and revealing parts of who He is!”Keith then walks us by the attributes of God, devoting chapters to such matters as God’s holiness, His fact, how He’s unchanging, and the way He’s merciful. However Keith additionally makes us understand that the Bible will not be all the time presenting us with a loving God who will forgive us and solely let individuals like Hitler burn in Hell. For me, probably the most rewarding and difficult components of Adoring God had been these chapters the place Keith seems to be at a few of the seemingly harsher elements of God’s character, together with His jealousy and His wrath; once more relying closely upon Scripture, Keith exhibits how these elements of God’s character are usually not contradictory however righteous and a part of God’s general perfection.The result’s a really eye-opening portrait of God that may consequence not solely in elevated love and devotion towards God but in addition going through some laborious truths for the reader-truths that even Keith has struggled with, as clear from the Contemplations sections that finish every chapter. In these sections, the reader can pray to God and ask for perception and higher understanding. One such Contemplation reads:”Wow. It boggles my mind to think that You don’t consider what we would think of as ‘the right thing to do.’ You considered what You wanted, and did it. And that made it right. Now that’s supremacy. You are what is ‘right.’ I don’t have to spend time arguing with myself over whether something You chose to do was right or not. It is a given. It was right because You decreed it. How unsearchable are Your judgments and unfathomable Your ways!”
One other level Keith makes that many Christians immediately might attempt to ignore is that God is wrathful:”Many people don’t believe God is wrathful at all… And some who agree with the truth that God is wrathful, nevertheless make excuses for Him or feel the need to apologize for this part of who He is. Some think that if He was wrathful, then that was the ‘Old God,’ long ago from the Old Testament past, and that He has changed, matured.”Keith goes on to clarify that God is wrathful, however He’s simply and righteous in being so. Moreover, Keith denies the fashionable notion that God can mature or evolve. He quotes the Puritan author Stephen Charnock to assist this level. Charnock says, “What comfort would it be to pray to a god that, like the chameleon, changed color every moment? Who would put up a petition to an earthly prince that was so mutable as to grant a petition one day, and deny it another?”In different phrases, God will not be such as you and me. As soon as we transfer previous that defective view, we are able to uncover who He really is, as mirrored in Scripture, and as highlighted on this guide.Along with the principle textual content, Keith quotes many theological giants to assist his factors. These writers embrace A.W. Pink, Thomas Watson, John Calvin, and Jonathan Edwards, to call just some.Maybe most impressively, the guide is a superior instance of Bible scholarship. There are over 500 footnotes, most itemizing a number of Bible verses, not solely to again up Keith’s statements, however extra importantly, to be additional studying for the one who really desires to discover and perceive the assorted attributes of God. Keith asks that individuals not simply learn the guide, however that they spend every week on every chapter, praying over its message and meditating on the various verses cited. I consider this course of can be very helpful and switch a studying expertise right into a deeply non secular one.In the long run, Keith hopes that the results of studying this guide will confirm the Scripture assertion, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8). Whether or not you’re presently a nonbeliever, an energetic Christian, or someplace within the center, Adoring God provides you with a lot meals for thought and, in the end, I consider it should deepen your understanding and relationship with God in shocking and gratifying methods.