the mystery of knowing God and His grace ....
The richest man in the world, Croesus,
once asked the wisest man in the world, Thales, "What is God?" The philosopher
asked for a day in which to deliberate, and then for another, and then
for another, and another, and another - and at length confessed that he
was not able to answer, that the longer he deliberated, the more difficult
it was for him to frame an answer.
The fiery Tertullian, the early Church
Father, eagerly seized upon this incident and said it was an example of
the world's ignorance of God outside of Christ. "There," he exclaimed,
"is the wisest man in the world, and he cannot tell you who God is. But
the most ignorant mechanic among the Christians knows God, and is able
to make him known unto others."
In Stroudesburg, Pennsylvania, there
is the grave of a Civil War soldier. The stone bears the date of his birth
and death, and then these words: "Abraham Lincoln's substitute." In the
woe and anguish of the war, realizing that thousand upon thousands were
falling in his place on the field of battle, Lincoln chose to honour one
particular soldier as his substitute and make him a symbol, as it were,
of the fact that the soldiers who perished in battle were dying that others
When Hudson Taylor was staying in the
home of a friend on one occasion, his host asked him, "But are you always
conscious of abiding in Christ?"
"While sleeping last night," replied
Mr Taylor, "did I cease to abide in your home because I was unconscious
of the fact?"
(Taken from Paul Lee Tan, Encyclopedia
of 7700 Illustrations )