“Indeed, the knowledge of God set forth for us in Scripture is destined for the very same goal as the knowledge whose imprint shines in his creatures, in tht it invites us first to fear God, then to trust in him. By this we can learn to worship him both with perfect innocence of life and with unfeigned obedience, then to depend wholly upon his goodness.” John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book I Chapter II  

Did you ever see something in the world that seemed to answer the deeper wrestling’s of your heart, the agonizing questions that keep you up at night. But even in seeing that ‘something’ you felt there was something incomplete about it message, something fuller that still needed to be disclosed? I have…

Its in those moments when we encounter the knowledge of God in His creation that our pictures of reality, of truth, and love begin to be filled out. Its in his word where all those wonderful and refreshing pieces are sown together and find their natural context in relation the story of His Son who was the glorious expression of all of God’s promises. The fulfillment of them.

I had to post Calvin’s brief notation above because I thought the way he placed the knowledge of creation so closely to the knowledge we receive through Scripture was so clear and refreshing. Its easy to be whisked away in the moment of a sunset, the sweetness of the embrace of a new friend or romance and identify these moments as the essence of spiritual wholeness, but while they’re surely full of grandeur the greater experience of God’s glory is to be found in the “knowledge of himself in scripture”, these other moments find their beautiful rhythm in the composition of inspired scripture.

Real spirituality acknowledges the knowledge of God set forth in creation, in a general and very intimate ‘imprinted’ fashion which naturally leads us to fear and then to trust, and yet real spirituality places its emphasis and joy in the knowledge of God set forth in Scripture where we learn of His Son who was the full expression of His father, the progenitor of all our spiritual life through his Spirit…