To know God

J.I. Packer’s opening to the third chapter of his classic Knowing God is a great reminder to get back to the basics. We exist to know God. Start there. Live there. End there.

 “What were we made for? To know God.

What aim should we set ourselves in life? To know God.

What is the ‘eternal life that Jesus gives? Knowledge of God. ‘This is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent’ (Jn. 17:3).

What is the best thing in life, bringing more joy, delight, and contentment than anything else? Knowledge of God. ‘This is what the Lord says: Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me’ (Jer. 9:23-24).

What, of all the states God ever sees man in, gives God most pleasure? Knowledge of himself. ‘I desired…the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings,’ says God (Hos. 6:6).”