“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Who can begin to comprehend Jehovah?
I cannot understand this God who is so awesome as to call the entirety of the universe into being . . . with the spoken word.
How is it possible to grasp the power that made a path through the sea, felled a giant with a stone, calmed the storm with a rebuke, and brought the dead to life?
Why would this God be willing to give sinful creatures His precious, sinless Son . . . and then turn His back on that same Son as He dies for us?
I do not understand this love that cries forgiveness for His executioners . . . with the last, few breaths He takes. How is it possible for someone to love us this much?
I cannot wrap my mind around this infinite grace that takes a condemned sinner . . . and makes him redeemed.
There is no way I can begin to probe the power of the empty tomb. The ramifications are endless. The blow it was to Satan will never be fully comprehended by any human mind. Yet the hope it gives me is beyond astounding!
I do not understand how this same God can let little children be killed. Or let little girls be sold into the human slave trade. Or let homes be torn apart by greed, selfishness, and hate. How can this God of such immeasurable proportions not do something to stop it? (Please read note at bottom of post)
Why didn’t He stop us from killing His own Son?
I simply cannot grasp how His ways work. I cannot see the view of my life from the mountaintop. Why does He ask me to surrender, trust, and take up my cross to follow Him . . . when I cannot see the entirety of the road ahead of me?
To understand this God would be to put Him in a box. To bring divinity down to our level of comprehension. How does one gather together the winds of heaven and hold them in their hand? Are you able to draw up all the waters of the ocean and encase them in a jar? Can you sweep together the stars of the skies and hold them in your arms?
To contain our God would reduce Christianity to nothing more than another religion.
Why, in the arrogant presumption of our human minds, do we even think we have a right to understand a God of such width and depth and height?
He simply is. Always has been. Forever will be.
I cannot understand this love . . . yet I would die for it.
I do not fully grasp this grace . . . yet I will live my life proclaiming it.
I cannot comprehend the magnitude of His forgiveness . . . yet I weep for it.
Although I cannot understand the entirety of this God we serve . . . I still choose to believe.
And yet, someday . . .
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there by any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
Then I will understand.
On Man’s Free Will:
In the comments below, Marilyn brought out a point that I had left out of this post. I would encourage you to read it! It is a point that Lowell also brought to my attention. And I’d like to clarify it a bit.
Regarding questions of how God can let bad things happen: we are all born with a free will to choose right or wrong. If we would have been created without free will, man could not do that which he was designed to do – bring glory to God. Yet man has fallen and chosen to do sinful things. There are consequences from sin that hurt not only themselves, but others. However, this was man’s choice. Not God’s.
To heal us from our sin, He gave us His Son. He loved us fallen creatures this much!! The blood shed at Calvary can cleanse away every sin and guilt — for those who ask Him. But, again, that is a choice man must make for himself. To ask for forgiveness or to turn away from it.
In this post, I left out man’s free will and I am grateful for those who pointed it out.