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A.W. Tozer wrote, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” Calving begins to weave the interconnected thread between the knowledge of God and the knowledge of ourselves. When we look at “our own ignorance, vanity, poverty, infirmity, depravity and corruption, we recognize that the true light of wisdom, sound virtue, full abundance of every good, and purity of righteousness rest in the Lord alone.” (pg. 36)

Our ills should prompt us to contemplate the good things of God and arouse us to seek God. Our poor condition should cause us to look heavenward and embrace the Creator. However, because man tends to self-righteousness, in order to truly know ourselves, we must compare ourselves to God’s majesty.

To know God = to know ourselves. 

To know ourselves we must begin with God and the clearest revelation of God is found in Jesus (2 Corinthians 4:6). The knowledge of God leads us to piety. Calvin’s favorite word in the Institutes. He describes piety as “that reverence joined with love of God which the knowledge of His benefits induces.” (pg. 41)

Lord teach me what it is to truly know You and in so doing I will learn the proper estimation of myself. Give me true piety as I am warmed by the fire of the knowledge of You.