The Ministry of Health and Healing


The Essential Knowledge

Chapter 35—A True Knowledge of God

Like our Savior, we are in this world to do service for God. We are here to become like God in character, and by a life of service to reveal Him to the world. In order to be co-workers with God, in order to become like Him and to reveal His character, we must know Him aright. We must know Him as He reveals Himself. MHH 233.1

A knowledge of God is the foundation of all true education and of all true service. It is the only real safeguard against temptation. This alone can make us like God in character. MHH 233.2

This is the knowledge needed by all who are working to uplift others. Transformation of character, purity of life, efficiency in service, adherence to correct principles, all depend upon a right knowledge of God. This knowledge is the essential preparation both for this life and for the life to come. MHH 233.3

“The knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10. Through a knowledge of Him are given unto us “all things that pertain to life and godliness.” 2 Peter 1:3. MHH 233.4

“‘This is eternal life,’” said Jesus, “‘that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.’” John 17:3. MHH 233.5

“Thus says the Lord:
‘Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,
Let not the mighty man glory in his might,
Nor let the rich man glory in his riches;
But let him who glories glory in this,
That he understands and knows Me,
That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.
For in these I delight,’ says the Lord.”
Jeremiah 9:23, 24.
MHH 233.6

We need to study the revelations of Himself that God has given. MHH 234.1

“‘Now acquaint yourself with Him,
And be at peace;
Thereby good will come to you.
Receive, please, instruction from His mouth,
And lay up His words in your heart’”. ...
“‘Yes, the Almighty will be your gold
And your precious silver;
For then you will have your delight in the Almighty,
And lift up your face to God.
You will make your prayer to Him,
He will hear you,
And you will pay your vows.
You will also declare a thing,
And it will be established for you;
So light will shine on your ways.
When they cast you down, and you say,
“Exaltation will come!”
Then He will save the humble person.’”
Job 22:21-29.
MHH 234.2

“Since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead.” Romans 1:20. The things of nature that we now see give us but a faint conception of Eden’s glory. Sin has marred earth’s beauty. On all things may be seen traces of the work of evil. Yet much that is beautiful remains. Nature testifies that One infinite in power, great in goodness, mercy, and love, created the earth and filled it with life and gladness. Even in their blighted state, all things reveal the handiwork of the great Master Artist. Wherever we turn, we may hear the voice of God and see evidences of His goodness. MHH 234.3

From the solemn roll of the deep-toned thunder and the ocean’s ceaseless roar to the glad songs that make the forests vocal with melody, nature’s ten thousand voices speak His praise. In earth and sea and sky, with their marvelous tint and color, varying in gorgeous contrast or blended in harmony, we see His glory. The everlasting hills tell us of His power. The trees that wave their green banners in the sunlight and the flowers in their delicate beauty point to their Creator. The living green that carpets the brown earth tells of God’s care for the humblest of His creatures. The caves of the sea and the depths of the earth reveal His treasures. He who placed the pearls in the ocean and the amethyst and chrysolite among the rocks is a lover of the beautiful. The sun rising in the heavens is a representative of Him who is the life and light of all that He has made. All the brightness and beauty that adorn the earth and light up the heavens speak of God. All things tell of His tender, fatherly care and of His desire to make His children happy. MHH 234.4

“His glory covered the heavens.”
“The earth is full of Your possessions.”
“Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.”
Habakkuk 3:3; Psalm 104:24; 19:2-4.
MHH 235.1

The mighty power that works through nature and sustains all things is not, as some scientists represent, merely an all-pervading principle, an actuating energy. God is a Spirit, yet He is a personal Being, for so He has revealed Himself. MHH 235.2

“The Lord is the true God,
He is the living God and the everlasting King. ...
‘The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from under these heavens.’”
“The Portion of Jacob is not like them,
For He is the Maker of all things.”
“He has made the earth by His power,
He has established the world by His wisdom,
And has stretched out the heavens at His discretion.”
Jeremiah 10:10, 11, 16, 12.
MHH 235.3