Theism: Poem and Meditation

You have doing, I have not;
You have knowing, I have not;
You have being, I have not;
You are I AM, and I am not–
How foolish, then, that I forgot!
Forgive me, Lord; I have my spot.

All doing, knowing, and being belongs to God–not just that He is the source of all things, but that all things are mysterious done in Him.  God did not simply create and set in place, as we make something that is of necessity separate from us.  No, since God is God, nothing can truly be separate from God–distinct, yes; but separate, no.  As God, He actively supplies the world with being and energy, apart from which not one iota would move or think or be.

With regard to doing: “Power belongs to God” (Psalm 62:11).
With regard to knowing: “In Your light shall we see light” (Psalm 36:9).
With regard to being: “In Him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

He Himself is “Lord God Almighty” (Revelation 11:17), a “God of knowledge” and “the only wise God” and “He that teaches man knowledge” (1 Samuel 2:3; 1 Timothy 1:17; Jude 25; Psalm 94:10), the great I AM, whose being is free, sovereign, and absolutely self-existent and self-sufficient (Exodus 3:14; cf. 33:19).  He is God, and we are not.  As Matthew Henry once said, “The greatest and best man in the world must say, By the grace of God I am what I am, but God says absolutely…I am that I am” (quoted in C. J. Mahaney, Humility, 89).

Therefore, no matter what I do, no matter what I know, no matter what I am, my doing, knowing, and being are all done in God, for apart from Him nothing can move, think, or be, for “of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things” (Romans 11:36).  Not that I am God, or even a part of God–He is God, and I am not–but I live, and move, and have my being in Him–distinct from Him, but not separate from Him.

So who would not fear Him? How foolish to act as if there were no God, let alone to say it (Psalm 14:1)!  All we have is our spot–on the one hand, our position as creatures in Him; on the other hand, our blemish in denying Him.  To all, He says, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).


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