quotes

God

God is a Verb. • Buckminster Fuller

We don't get to decide who God is. • Francis Chan

The whole cosmos is wooing us to its Creator. • Erwin Raphael McManus, from Soul Cravings

"Go forth today, by the help of God's Spirit, vowing and declaring that in life—come poverty, come wealth, in death—come pain or come what may, you are and ever must be the Lord's. For this is written on your heart, 'We love Him because He first loved us.'" • Charles Spurgeon

We look for visions of heaven, but we never dream that, all the time, God is in the commonplace things and people around us. • Oswald Chambers

How pleasant, how delightful, to sit alone and in silence, to converse with God, and so to enjoy the only chief good, in whom all good things are found! • Thomas A` Kempis

Religion exists not because God loves too little, but because we need love so much. In the end all religions misrepresent God. They either dictate requirements for love or simply become a requiem for love. I think many of us have rightly given up on God on this basis alone. We've been told God is a reluctant lover and that his standards must be met before there can be any talk of love. This is lunacy. Love exists because God is love. Our souls will never find satisfaction until our hearts have found this love that we desperately yearn for. God is not passive, for love is never passive, but always passionate; and passion always leads to action. • Erwin Raphael McManus

God is in the details. • Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Great 20th Century architect

The next time you hear a baby laugh, or see an ocean wave, take note. Pause and listen as His Majesty whispers ever so gently, “I’m here.” • Max Lucado

We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts. • A.W. Tozer

Nature is the art of God. • Dante Alighieri

Mark it down. God never turns away the honest seeker. Go to God with your questions. You may not find all the answers, but in finding God, you know the One who does. • Max Lucado

The God who spoke still speaks. He comes into your world. He comes to do what you can’t. • Max Lucado

After ten thousand insults, He still loves you as infinitely as ever. • Charles Spurgeon

God’s desire is not to corral you, but to set you free. God’s compass for life is not information, but truth. The key is not the ability to read God’s mind, but to know His heart. • Erwin Raphael McManus

All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen. • Ralph Waldo Emerson

God enters by a private door into every individual. • Ralph Waldo Emerson

I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation [and] is but a reflection of human frailty. • Albert Einstein

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. • C.S. Lewis

God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. • Saint Augustine

We were made for God and we will be restless until we find rest in him. • Saint Augustine

Though our feelings come and go, His love for us does not. It is not wearied by our sins, or our indifference; and, therefore, it is quite relentless in its determination that we shall be cured of those sins, at whatever cost to us, at whatever cost to Him. • C.S. Lewis

So let it be in God's own might
We gird us for the coming fight,
And, strong in Him whose cause is ours
In conflict with unholy powers,
We grasp the weapons he has given,
—The Light, and Truth, and Love of Heaven. • John Greenleaf Whittier

I gave in, and admitted that God was God. • C.S. Lewis

I think for the average person the progression will be something like this: First a sound as of a Presence walking in a garden. Then a Voice, more intelligible, but still far from clear. Then the happy moment when the Spirit begins to illuminate the Scriptures, and that which had been only a sound, or at best a voice, now becomes an intelligible word, warm and intimate and clear as the word of a dear friend. Then will come life and light, and best of all, the ability to see and rest in and embrace Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and All. • A.W. Tozer, from The Pursuit of God

The greatest love of all is God’s love for us, a love that showed itself in action. • Billy Graham

A comprehended god is no god. • St. John Chrysostom

The best remedy for those who are frightened, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere they can be alone, alone with the sky, nature and God. For then and only then can you feel that everything is as it should be and that God wants people to be happy amid nature's beauty and simplicity. • Anne Frank (Excerpt from The Diary of a Young Girl, Wednesday, 23 February 1944 entry)

When you come to knowing God, the initiative lies on His side. If He does not show Himself, nothing you can do will enable you to find Him. And, in fact, He shows much more of Himself to some people than to others---not because He has favorites, but because it is impossible for Him to show Himself to a man whose whole mind and character are in the wrong condition. Just as sunlight, though it has no favorites, cannot be reflected in a dusty mirror as clearly as in a clean one. • C.S. Lewis

We should find God in what we know, not in what we don’t; not in outstanding problems but in those we have already solved. ...We must not wait until we are at the end of our tether: he must be found at the center of life and not only in death; in health and vigor, and not only in suffering; in activity, and not only in sin. • Dietrich Bonheoffer (Prison Letters, pg. 191)

You must believe that God is separate from the world and that some of the things we see in it are contrary to His will. • C.S. Lewis

We are not merely “channels” or “instruments” in the hands of God. We are coworkers with God in the work of God in the world, knowledgeable and informed participants in that which matters to the Creator. • Gordon T. Smith


Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right. • Abraham Lincoln


God made man in his own image and man returned the compliment. • Blaise Pascal


Let go of impoverished, circumscribed, and finite perceptions of God. The love of Christ is beyond all knowledge, beyond anything we can intellectualize or imagine. It is not a mild benevolence but a consuming fire. Jesus is so unbearably forgiving, so infinitely patient, and so unendingly loving that He provides us with the resources we need to live lives of gracious response. • Brennan Manning


The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man. • G.K. Chesterton


We could almost say He [God] sees because He loves, and therefore loves although He sees. • C.S. Lewis


The earth is crammed full of heaven and every bush is aflame with the fire of God, but only those who have eyes to see take off their shoes. The rest just pick the berries. • Elizabeth Barrett Browning


The spirituality of wonder knows the world is charged with grace, that while sin and war, disease and death are terribly real, God's loving presence and power in our midst are even more real. • Brennan Manning


The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and His compulsion is our liberation. • C.S. Lewis


We should be astonished at the goodness of God, stunned that He should bother to call us by name, our mouths wide open at His love, bewildered that at this very moment we are standing on holy ground. • Brennan Manning

God looks at you as if you were a little Christ: Christ stands beside you to turn you into one. • C.S. Lewis

For Ragamuffins, God's name is Mercy. We see our darkness as a prized possession because it drives us into the heart of God. Without mercy our darkness would plunge us into despair - for some, self-destruction. Time alone with God reveals the unfathomable depths of the poverty of the spirit. We are so poor that even our poverty is not our own: It belongs to the mysterium tremendum of a loving God. • Brennan Manning

Human history is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy. • C.S. Lewis

If there is one scrap of bread that you need, as God's child, in order to maintain your faith in the dungeon of starvation, you will have it. God does not promise enough food for comfort or life—he promises enough so that you can trust him and do his will. • John Piper

God speaks in the language you know best—not through your ears, but through your circumstances. • Oswald Chambers