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The One True God is Incomprehensible

Day Twenty-Two
by Gini Crawford, MSW

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The incomprehensibleness of God

God is incomprehensible. He 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 inspired and His Word went forth to reveal Who He is. God determined and all of history unfolded. God loved and the world changed. God died and salvation came to all who wanted it. God empowered and miracles took place, and much more. How do you humanly explain these things? 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®

Love beyond our understanding

God's love is incomprehensible to me. Before I was a Christian, I was God's enemy, enjoying the evil that made me His enemy. I didn't even know God, and surely didn't love Him, but He still wholeheartedly knew and loved me. It is hard for me to grasp completely why God loves me so absolutely and so unconditionally. How about you?

...and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:19 NASB®

Miracle worker

The One True God is the miracle worker. Those of you, who are familiar with the Bible, know it is full of God's beyond our understanding miracles. Here are a few of God's 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 unbelievably part so over a million people could escape the Egyptian army on dry land (Exodus 14:15-16, 19-22). As a teenager, King David trusts in God and kills a giant with one well aimed rock (1 Samuel 17:4-9, 32-37, 48-51).  A prophet of God prays and a dead boy is raised to life (2 Kings 4:32- 37).

Why incomprehensible

You are probably thinking, "I thought God wants me to know Him. How can I know Him if I can't comprehend Him?" Yes, God wants us to know Him, but with our present earthly limitations we simply can't fully comprehend Him. Realistically, we cannot understand anyone entirely, so bearing in mind Who the One True God is, it just makes sense we can't fully comprehend Him.

Sin also made God even more incomprehensible to us. When sin entered the world, we went from an existence of seeing God face to face, to being separated from Him. Because of our sin we were in spiritual darkness, so our ability to understand God and eternity became almost nonexistent.

But as you probably guessed, Jesus Christ solved the problem of our blindness to God. Only through Jesus and the enlightening of His Spirit do we receive the ability and desire to know God. In John chapter one, Jesus is called the true light that lights our way to God. (John 1:3-13, 3:16-21, 12:46, 16:13-15).

Still even as Christians, our earthly understanding dims in comparison to what our heavenly understanding will be (1 Corinthians 15:42-49). When we get to heaven, we will know God fully, as He knows us now. We will also see Him face to face. I can't wait! How about you?

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 and other gods

I think by now, you have come to realize how incredible the One True God is. His power is always driven by love, not self-centeredness like humans. His grace towards us extends into eternity. Even though God is the Self-Existent One who needs no one, yet He sacrificially loves us, pursues us and dies for us so we can be with Him.

No other faith has a deity like the God from the Jewish and Christian Scriptures. All other deities are elusive; their followers need to do prescribed works and rituals that never bring a certainty of righteousness, salvation or heaven. No other religion can claim a god like the Christian God, Who fervently pursues humankind to the point of death on a cross, so that we can be in an intimate relationship with Him, have His righteousness, and the certainty of a wondrous eternity with Him. (John 6:67-69, 14:1-3; Romans 3:22-26; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 John 5:20). Why would anyone not want to know and love this God?

To you it was shown that you might know that the Lord, He is God; there is no other besides Him... Know therefore today, and take it to your heart, that the Lord, He is God in heaven above and on the earth below; there is no other. Deuteronomy 4:35,39 NASB®

Our God is so vast and powerful, and needs nothing or no one to exist, yet He died so He could be with each and every one of us. Go to Him in prayer. He certainly loves to be with you - talking.

What are your thoughts on the One True God being incomprehensible?


Life Application

The incomprehensible God dwells with us

In Mark chapter four, Jesus performs a miracle to calm the sea and His disciples' fears. Read Mark 4:35-41. 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. Wonderful truth, isn't it?

Describe Jesus Christ from this story.

How does this story speak to you?


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