(This was a post I wrote in July after a sermon at Community Bible Church called God: Part 1. It is actually something we are talking about with the middle schoolers about all year long. God…what we do know about him, and embracing what we cannot know about him.)
I was challenged this past Sunday (July 27) about the box we tend to put God in. We feel more comfortable with a God we can understand, a God we can control, a God we can predict. The scary, amazing thing is that we will never be able to impress these ideals on God because no box will contain Him.
We will continually be frustrated and annoyed if we keep trying to define God on our terms and with our limits. We need to open our boxes and allow our mind to be blown by the amazingness that is our God.
No matter how much time we spend studying and learning about God, we will never grasp everything about who He is. In fact, the speaker at church suggested that there are attributes and traits of God that we don’t even have words for. I had never considered that before. In heaven for eternity, we will be learning new things about our amazing God!
To be honest, the fact that I can’t fully comprehend God has never really bothered my heart, it has actually comforted it. If I understood all of who God was, if I knew how His mind worked, if I could wrap my mind around His ways, I could not be saved by Him. If I could comprehend Him, He could not step in and rescue my soul from the pit.
Think about it…when you’re trapped in a house on fire, when you are in a wreck, when you suffer a heart attack, it isn’t someone inside the house, inside the car, or beside you when the pain starts who typically steps in and saves you. It is someone outside the situation who has the ability, skills, peace, and knowledge to save you from danger and death.
It is no different with God. For human sinners to be saved, there must be a being who isn’t bound by our sin, knowledge, time, or abilities. He must be more powerful than death, stronger than sin, and more complex than us.
So, instead of shaking our fist at a God who doesn’t work on our timetable, who won’t give us two weeks notice, and who brings storms our way sometimes, we should take a new approach and let God out of our restricting boxes. All those boxes do is limit our faith and our ability to trust. It doesn’t give us control of God.
We should start marveling at how much we don’t understand about God. We should allow ourselves the freedom to admit we don’t know everything about Him. And that it’s ok for that to be the answer to a question. “I don’t know.”
The speaker at church encouraged us to read Knowledge of the Holy by A. W. Tozer.
I should be getting a copy soon and I will share what mind blowing quotes and thoughts God brings out of the book for me.
What is something you’ve never fully understood about God? Does it bother you? Is your faith limited by the size box you have closed God into?