Pascal on Wretchedness

Pensees (Penguin Classics)
By Blaise Pascal

Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is another from the pen of Blaise Pascal, a seventeenth century Frenchman who was not only a leading mathematician and scientist of his day, but also a noted religious philosopher. 

God is none other than the Savior of our wretchedness. So we can only know God well by knowing our iniquities... Those who have known God without knowing their wretchedness have not glorified him, but have glorified themselves. —Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

That makes me think of Isaiah's vision (Isaiah 6:1-8), "Woe is me! I am ruined!" The inspired realization of his personal wretchedness preceded Isaiah's being pronounced guiltless by the angel. Remember also what the Apostle John wrote about those who fail to acknowledge the sin in their lives (1 John 1:5-10), "If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our hearts." The good news (Gospel) is that our holy and righteous God is also a merciful God. He is always ready to forgive, always ready to receive the heartfelt worship of forgiven people.

Have a great week.

(Originally posted 7/29/1997) 

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