Understanding God

If you think that’s a preposterous title, you’re right.  The fact is, we cannot understand God. At least not in the way we want to.

No one can. No one ever could. Job struggled with understanding God and even when he gained a better understanding of God (Job 42:5-6), he still only knew a fraction about God. David struggled to understand God. That’s why he said things like, teach me (Psalm 25:4), lead me (Psalm 25:5), and guide me (Psalm 31:3).

The vast majority of what we know about God is because He has chosen to reveal Himself to us. Not because of our intelligence or investigative abilities.

And that puts us in a difficult place.

Since we can’t understand God the way we understand each other, we don’t know why He does what He does in our lives unless He reveals it to us. And He doesn’t always chose to do that.

We can’t understand why He doesn’t do away with all pain and suffering. We can’t understand why He doesn’t answer prayer the way we think He should. We can’t understand why He puts (allows – I’ll let you battle that one) us through the fires of life. We can’t understand that He loves us (He said that!) but treats us like He doesn’t love us (we think that!).

The list of what we don’t understand about God is long. Longer than what we DO understand.

And that’s where faith comes in (Hebrews 11:1, 6).

God wants us to relate to Him on the basis of Faith, not on the basis of familiarity. You don’t have to understand every little detail of God’s plan to accept it by faith.

The issue is how much do you Trust Him, not how much do you Understand of His ways.

Yes, there are things about God that we can understand. But again, it comes back to His revelation. We can understand all that God has told us, but we cannot understand what He hasn’t told us. And there’s more that He hasn’t told us than there is of what He has told us.

But He’s told us enough so that we can Trust Him.

He’s told us that He loves us (1 John 4:9, 19). He’s told us that there is mercy for us (Ephesians 2:4). He’s told us that grace is available (2 Corinthians 12:9). He’s told us that there is hope (1 Peter 1:13). He’s told us that there is a better day coming (Revelation 7:17). And so much more.

And we believe it – we accept it by faith.

It’s not necessary for you to understand everything about God. Or even to understand a little about God. It IS necessary for you to express faith in His wisdom and love for you.

When you don’t understand God, live by faith.

Stay in the Word

Pastor Steve


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