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The One True God is Incomprehensible

Day Twenty-Two
by Gini Crawford, MSW

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Why is God incomprehensible to us now? God created everything perfectly, life was very good, and then sin came into the world. We went from an existence of seeing God face to face, to being separated from Him. (Genesis 3) Because of our sin nature, our ability to understand God and eternity became almost nonexistent. (Isaiah 59:2; Romans 3:9-18) Only through Jesus and the Holy Spirit do we receive the ability to know God and understand His Word. (Titus 3:4-6; 2 Peter 1:20-21) However, even as Christians, our earthly understanding still dims in comparison to what our heavenly understanding will be. (1 Corinthians 15:40-58) When we get to heaven, we will know God fully; we will see Him face to face. I can't wait!

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:12 NASB®

The One True God is so much more incredible than our human reasoning could invent. God spoke and everything came into existence, and stays in existence because of Him. God planned and all of history unfolded. God loved and the world changed. God died and salvation came to all who wanted it. God directed and miracles took place and so on. How do you humanly explain things like this? You can't! God's Word allows us to understand Who God is but still His ways and thoughts are so wondrously above ours.

"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways," declares the LORD. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9 NASB®

God's love surpasses our knowledge. Do you understand why God loves us so much? I don't, because we can be very unlovable. that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19 NASB®

God works miracles. (Acts 2:22) Miracles are beyond our comprehension. Here are a few miracles in the Old Testament: A 90 year old woman, Sarah, had a son (Genesis 17:17, 21:2). God caused the Red Sea to part so over a million people could escape the Egyptian army (Exodus 14:13-22). A prayer from a king of a small defenseless country, defeats the army of the world power at the time. (Isaiah 37:14-21, 33-38)  A teenager trusts in God and kills a giant with one well aimed rock (1 Samuel 17:33-37, 48-51). A prophet of God prays and the dead is raised to life (2 Kings 4:32-37). Those of you, who are familiar with the Bible, know the Bible is full of God's beyond our understanding miracles.

Since God is God, why do we worship other things? (Isaiah 44:6-8) I think by now, you have come to realize how wonderful the One true God is. His power is always driven by love not selfishness like humans. His grace towards us extends into eternity, while human grace in most cases is hard to find. Even though God is the self-existent One who needs no one, yet He died so we can be His. God is the Creator, who created us and all of creation. Yet, many people throughout the ages have worshipped other gods in the form of animals and humans. (Isaiah 44:9-17) Why do people worship and serve God's creation instead of the Creator? (Romans 1:19-25) Doesn't make much sense to me, how about you? Do you think the One True God is worth your worship and love? He is worth mine!

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR? Or WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things...Romans 11:33-36 NASB®


Life Application:

Read Mark 4:35-41. Jesus performs this miracle to calm the sea and His disciples' fears. It is one of my favorite stories to teach in the Bible. The last verse in this passage has His disciples stating, "Who then is this that even the wind and sea obey Him?" Yes, our God is beyond complete human understanding now, but when we get to heaven we will know Him fully. How does this story speak to you?


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