THE INTERIOR LIFE
THE FOUNDATION OF THE INTERIOR LIFE
I. A KNOWLEDGE OF GOD'S CLAIMS ON MAN.
1. Man Owes God Reverence.
IF reverence is the esteem and honor due to excellence, God is deserving of the highest reverence. He is the only being that exists of Himself, and is sufficient unto Himself from eternity to eternity. God is infinitely perfect, present everywhere; He sees and sustains all things. Heaven is His throne and the earth is His footstool. He speaks, and the mountains melt like wax and the heavens are folded up like a scroll. His very name causes all to tremble, and every knee to bow in heaven, on earth, and in hell.
He is a triune God. From all eternity the Father knows Himself so well that His knowledge assumes the personality of the Son. And the mutual love, that proceeds from the Father and the Son, completes the Blessed Trinity in the personality of the Holy Ghost. As all three persons are equally God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are equally excellent and worthy of our reverence.
The infinite goodness of God prompted His wisdom to plan and His power to create all things for His honor and glory and the welfare of His creatures. God watches over His creatures with a paternal solicitude, which Jesus compared to the tender love of a mother for her child.