Today’s scripture selection: Job 35-36
Key verses: Job 36:26
When Elihu was busy judging Job (although he probably would have said he was “correcting” Job) – he had this to say:
“How great is God – beyond our understanding!”
Well, I think he was partially right.
I will be the first to say that when I ponder the intricacies of creation; the wonder of the cosmos; the great design that seems to wonderfully drive everything – I am somewhat overwhelmed. There are some things I imagine we can never fully understand about God – at least until we are “face to face” with Him.
On the other hand, I think it is a mistake for people to simply “give up” on understanding God.
I have known too many people who chose, at best, to be agnostics – neither saying God exists or doesn’t – simply because they think – if he does – we could never understand such a being. It’s as if they are content to simply proclaim that the universe is a “mystery” so you might as well forget about it and get on with more “practical” matters.
I think God is a lot more understandable that we give Him credit for.
Why? Well – here’s one reason – the Bible says simply, and pointedly, God is love.
Now, sure, we can go around and around talking about what a “mystery” love is. But I am more content pointing to clear, powerful, direct, and simple loving action and saying that is at the core of who God is.
To put it another way – as scripture does – we love because God first loved us. And I believe the way He did that most profoundly was through the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.
So – yep, life – and God – are in some ways “mysteries.” But if you want to understand them, I suggest you look first at love in action. Then, act in a loving way – again and again.
And I think, before long, you will be surprised just how much you understand.
Prayer: Almighty, ever present, every mysterious God – help me to see you clearly – in a life of love. AMEN.