Augustine on Naming God

“All things can be said of God, and nothing is worthily said of God,  Nothing is wider than this poverty of expression.  Thou seekest a fitting name for Him, thou canst not find it;  thou seekest to speak of Him in any way soever, thou findest that He is all.”

This is from  Augustine’s commentary on the Gospel of St. John XIII.5


Just when I have given up hope of seeing God in the dreary day to day, I discover these words from Augustine and I am reminded that God is everywhere.  I thank God for opening up my eyes to see him.  God is never far because he created all things through the power of his word, Jesus Christ.

“Seek and you will find.” Matthew 7:7, Luke 11:9 (In Luke this saying comes right after the Lord’s prayer, doesn’t it seem that prayer opens our eyes to seek God?)

“But from there you will seek the LORD your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deuteronomy 4:29 (The children of Israel would abandon God but would later repent and seek after him once again and God would keep his covenant of mercy and forgive, the same is echoed in Jeremiah 29:13)

“Seek the Lord while he may be found, call on him while he is near.” Isaiah 55:6


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