G. Milton Smith
Author of Knowing God
G. Milton Smith (1916-1989) gained his M. Sc. degree with honours in Mathematics, a Diploma of Education and also studied Greek and Hebrew.
Yet for him,
Milton’s walk in the Spirit began as Sunday School and Bible Classes nurtured a sincere seeking after God, and a tender conscience toward what was right and good. He shares a dramatic experience in one of his devotional books, ‘Divine Encounter’ – “At the age of sixteen, when I was reading James McConkey’s booklet, ‘The Threefold Word of the Holy Spirit’, God shouted in my spirit, “My son give Me your heart!” I dropped that book, fell on my knees, and gave my heart and life to God, totally, unreservedly.”
“I dropped that book, fell on my knees, and gave my heart and life to God, totally, unreservedly.”
Direct quote from Milton Smith
“This encounter was so traumatic that it created a lasting hunger after God, His Word, His truth.”
It has been written of him – “He became a man deeply committed to knowing God, knowing His Word, studying it with great intensity and depth without let-up for nearly sixty years, and was committed to communicating what he had learnt to his fellow believers. The discipline that Milton exercised in academic pursuit, and which made him a reputable scholar in his field, pertained also in his pursuit of knowledge in the things of God.”
He was rigorously disciplined morning and night in his devotional life – disciplined in his prayer-life, disciplined in his reading, disciplined in the use of his time, and disciplined in his study of the Word.
As such, God could – and did – use him to bring blessing to thousands as he ministered to them through fifty years from the pulpit, in his Bible classes, at many Bible colleges, and through his prolific writings. He has been a constant reminder of how fragrant a life can be for God.
He has been a constant reminder how fragrant a life can be for God.
His memory will not be etched on tablets of stone but on the hearts of those thousands whose lives have been changed and charged by his love and teaching.