Communion with God: A Necessity of Our Being [Excerpt from The Rent Veil]

As I was reading through The Rent Veil by Horatius Bonar, the following portion of his first chapter made an impression on me. Hope you are blessed.


Free and open communion with the God who made us, is one of the necessities of our being. Acquaintance with Him, and delight in Him, are the very life of our created existence. Better not to be than not to know Him, in whom we live, and move, and have our being. Better to pass away into unconsciousness or nothingness, than to cease to delight in Him, or to be delighted in by Him.

The loss of God is the loss of everything; and in having God we have everything. His overflowing fulness is our inheritance; and in nearness to Him we enjoy that fulness. He cannot speak to us, but something of that fulness flows in. We cannot speak to Him without attracting His excellency towards us. This mutual speech, or converse, is that which forms the medium of communication between heaven and earth. We look up, and God looks down: our eyes meet, and we are, in the twinkling of an eye, made partakers of the divine abundance.[4] We speak out to God what we feel; God speaks out to us what He feels. The finite and the infinite mind thus interchange their sympathies; love meets love, mingling and rejoicing together; the full pours itself into the empty, and the empty receives the full.

The greatness of God is no hindrance to this communion: for one special part of the divine greatness is to be able to condescend to the littleness of created beings, seeing that the creature must, from its very nature, have this littleness; inasmuch as God must ever be God, and humanity must ever be human: the ocean must ever be the ocean, the drop must ever be the drop. The greatness of God compassing our littleness about, as the heavens the earth, and fitting into it on every side, as the air into all parts of the earth, is that which makes the communion so complete and blessed. In His hand is the life of every living creature, and the breath of all mankind (Job 12:10). Such is His nearness to, such His intimacy with, the works of His hands.

It is nearness, not distance, that the name Creator implies; and the simple fact of His having made us is the assurance of His desire to bless us and to hold communion with us. Communication between the thing made and its maker is involved in the very idea of creation.

Your hands have made me and formed me: give me understanding to learn your commands (Psalm 119:73). Faithful Creator is His name (1 Peter 4:19), and as such we appeal to Him, Do not abandon the works of your hands (Psalm 138:8).

Nothing that is worthless or unlovable ever came from His hands; and as being His workmanship, we may take the assurance of His interest in us, and His desire for communion with us.[5]

He put no barrier between Himself and us when He made us. If there be such a thing now, it is we who have been its cause. Separation from Him must have come upon our side. It was not the father who sent the younger son away; it was that son who got together all he had, [and] set off for a distant country (Luke 15:13), because he had become tired of the father’s house and the father’s company.

The rupture between God and mankind did not begin on the side of God. It was not heaven that withdrew from earth, but earth that withdrew from heaven. It was not the father that said to the younger son, Take your goods, pack up and be gone; it was that son who said, Father give me my share of the estate, and who, not long after that, … set off for a distant country, turning his back on his father and his father’s house.

O Israel! You have destroyed YOURSELF (Hosea 13:9). O sinner! You have cast off God. It is not God who has cast off you. You have unlinked yourself from the blessed Creator; you have broken the golden chain that fastened you to His throne, the silken cord that bound you to his heart. Yet He wants you back again; nor will He rest till He has accomplished His gracious design, and made you once more the vessel of His love.

The Rent Veil (read online/download)


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