“To attempt to wrap our minds around God means we reduce Him to something that He is not.”
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 3, 2022
As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9
Some people shout when they get excited; some cry. Lori’s hair danced. When I taught middle school in Texas, Lori was one of my special education students. When she was thrilled about something, her brown, curly hair shook, jived, and jiggled like something out of a 1970’s disco.
One afternoon Lori rushed toward me with her hair dancing and thrust a piece of paper into my hand. “Look, Miss Schutte! I drew a picture of the devil!”
I didn’t know what to say. In an attempt to put a positive spin on a negative topic, I mustered a smile and exclaimed, “Wow! Why don’t you draw a picture of God?”
Lori’s blue eyes grew dark, and she scowled. Her eyebrows pushed together in the middle of her forehead as if they had been bobby pinned there. She shuffled her feet, looked at the ground, and finally lifted her eyes to meet mine. “Well—well—no; I can’t draw that good,” she said.
How profound! How moving! How true!
Our amazing God can’t be “drawn” because He can’t be comprehended. He’s that magnificent! And for this reason, He must be taken on faith rather than on feelings or intellect. He can’t be put in a box. To attempt to wrap our minds around Him means that we reduce Him to something that He is not.
This God is trustworthy, loves you madly, and is filled with grace and mercy. He’s the God who says, “Give me your burdens—I’ll help you,” “Give me your heartache—I’ll heal you,” “Give me your life—I’ll save you.” This God hasn’t promised life will be without problems, but He has promised that when you walk through the fire, He’ll be with you. His love is indefinable. His power is perfect.
Not everyone sees God this way. In a survey conducted by the Barna Group, 1,871 self-described Christians were asked questions about God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and demons. What they discovered is that not everyone who calls themselves a Christian believes in Lori’s God. In fact, 78 percent of those responding to a survey said that God is the “all-powerful, all-knowing Creator of the universe who rules the world today.” The remainder chose other descriptions of God that are not consistent with biblical teaching. For example: “Everyone is a god,” “‘God’ refers to the realization of human potential,” and so on.
Additionally, Barna reported that “most Christians do not believe that the Holy Spirit is a living force.”
Is it any wonder that we can sometimes wrestle with trusting God if we see Him as impersonal, or that we don’t believe He is always with us through His Holy Spirit?
When you experience question marks on your journey and you don’t understand what He is doing, remember that His thoughts are not your thoughts, that His ways are higher than yours. Remember that He loves you deeply and that He can’t be “drawn.”
“Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure” (Psalm 147:5).
Lord, even when I don’t understand what you are doing, help me to remember that you are magnificent and beyond comprehension. I trust you. Amen.
Praise God and tell him how amazing He is.
Hillsong Worship: Amazing God
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