In Adoring God by Keith Knell we look at God’s true attributes. We all have a sense of who God is, whether it be an old man in a white robe, or a loving father, or a judge of sinners. Keith Knell, however, asks us to reconsider our position as God.
Relying heavily on the Scriptures – a reliable source of knowledge about God – draws readers to God’s many attributes, distinguishes myths and misconceptions from what the Bible says, and reminds us not to make the mistake of seeing God in human form because He is made in His image and not in another way like miqo’te names.
Beginning of the book
As Keith states at the beginning of the book, “Finally, my purpose in this book is not to teach you how to read and understand the Bible better, but to know God better, fully understand him and love him more deeply.” Keith wants us to read the Bible again, asking ourselves, “This passage What does this reveal about God? ” After all, Keith points out, “The Bible is primarily about God revealing and revealing parts of what He is!”
Keith then walked in God’s qualities, delivering chapters on such topics as God’s holiness, His truth, His unchanging nature, and His mercy. But Keith also makes it clear that the Bible does not always tell us about a loving God who will forgive us and allow people like Hitler to burn in hell.
For me, the most beneficial and challenging parts of Worshiping God are these chapters in which Keith looks at some of the seemingly solid aspects of God’s character like paladin names, including jealousy and His wrath; and relying heavily on Scripture, Keith points out that these aspects of God’s nature are not contradictory but are righteous and part of the fullness of God.
Eye-opening picture of God
The result is an eye-opening picture of God that not only increases love and devotion to God but also deals with difficult truths that readers — facts even Keith has fallen for, as is clear from the Thinking sections that conclude each chapter. In these sections, the student can pray to God and ask for a better understanding and understanding. Some such thoughts read:
And that set it right. Now that’s high. You’re the ‘right.’ I don’t have to waste time arguing over whether something you chose to do was right or wrong. It was given. It was right because You decided it. How unsearchable are Your judgments and Your incomprehensible ways! “
Another point that many Christians today find difficult to ignore is that God is angry:
Some think that if He was angry, then that was ‘God Almighty,’ long ago from the Testament. The old one, and that he’s changed, he’s grown up. “
Explain that God is angry
Keith goes on to explain that God is angry, but He is just and right in being so. Furthermore, Keith denies the modern-day concept of God being immature or subject to change. He quotes Puritan writer Stephen Charnock to support this point. Who would apply to a worldly prince who was so flexible that he could one day make a request and deny another?”
In other words, God is not like you and me. Once we have gone through that misconception, we can find out who he really is, as shown in the Scriptures, and as highlighted in this book.
In addition to the main text, Keith cites numerous religious giants to support his points. Those authors include A.W. Pink, Thomas Watson, John Calvin, and Jonathan Edwards, to name just a few.
Perhaps most impressive, this book is a prime example of Bible education. With more than 500 footnotes, many include many Bible verses, not just to support Keith’s statements, but more important, to continue reading to someone who truly wants to explore and understand God’s various qualities.
Keith asks people not only to read this book, but to spend a week in each chapter, praying on its message and meditating on the many quoted scriptures. I believe this process will be very helpful and transform the reading experience into a deeper spiritual experience.
Finally, Keith hopes that the result of reading this book will confirm the Scriptural statement, “Draw close to God and he will draw close to you.” (James 4: 8). Whether you are currently a non-believer, an active Christian, or a medium, Adoring God will give you plenty of food for thought and, ultimately, I believe it will deepen your understanding and relationship with God in amazing and satisfying ways.