“God is exalted in his power. Who is a teacher like him? Who has prescribed his ways for him, or said to him, ‘You have done wrong’? Remember to extol his work, which men have praised in song. All mankind has seen it; men gaze on it from afar. How great is God—beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out.” (Job 36:22-26 NIV)
When we begin to think about God, who He is, what He is like etc, it can be overwhelming because He is truly beyond our understanding. But, I would encourage you, rather than throwing up our hands in despair that we’ll never really know what He is like while we’re still on this side of heaven, make an effort—make a valiant effort to know Him.
It’s true that God’s “thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways declares the Lord,” (Isaiah 55:8), but God still works through the world we live in and through His Word to make Himself known to us. While it’s true that our simple human minds can’t fully comprehend His majesty, we are drawn closer to Him when we seek to know Him better. While it is true that He has created the entire natural world that we see, and much that we can’t see, beyond the stars, galaxies that our strongest telescopes have only begun to see, the psalmist still can write, “I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.” (Psalm 116:1-2)
It seems apparent that the Christian church today in large part has given up her pursuit of God, and instead of finding out who He is through a deep faith relationship with Him, we have crafted an image of Him that we’re willing to deal with; that we feel comfortable with. With the paltry wisdom God Himself has given us, we have made ourselves a mental image of God—no less an idol than the false gods that the Israelites were chastised for in the Old Testament.
If there is a prayer we can pray and expect God to answer, it is to ask Him to make Himself known to us. I believe He is just waiting for just such an opportunity to reveal Himself to us. In fact, it’s entirely possible that because we’ve neglected such a pursuit that He is holding off answers to other prayers we have been bringing again and again to Him. He’s more interested in a serious relationship with us than to make our life here on earth easier or better.
Just because a complete grasp of an understanding of God is impossible in this life doesn’t mean that understanding more of Him isn’t a worthwhile quest. Ask Him to make Himself known to you…but be ready, because He may just knock your socks off!
By His Grace Alone,
Pastor Bruce Jacobsen