The Bottom of It All
“The thought struck me, How did you come to be a Christian? I sought the Lord. But how did you come to seek the Lord? The truth flashed across my mind in a moment – I should not have sought him unless there had been some previous influence in my mind to make me seek him. I prayed, thought I, but then I asked myself, How came I to pray? I was induced to pray by reading the Scriptures. How came I to read the Scriptures? I did read them, but what led me to do so? Then, in a moment, I saw that God was at the bottom of it all, and that he was the Author of my faith, and so the whole doctrine of grace opened up to me, and from that doctrine I have not departed to this day, and I desire to make this my constant confession, ‘I ascribe my change wholly to God.’” Charles Spurgeon, as quoted in John Piper, The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God’s Delight in Being God (Portland, OR: Multnomah, 1991), 125–26.
God is the bottom of it all. All our Godward thoughts, affections, and actions are fostered by the work of His Spirit. We have nothing and, in fact, are nothing apart from his gracious initiative in our lives. This fact produces an overwhelming sense of awe-struck wonder at the reality of God’s sovereign work in the human heart and should motivate us to pray for God to do what only he can do in the lives of those that we love. Let us pastor, preach, and pray with the sure knowledge that God is at the bottom of it all.