I was particularly struck by the following words of Jeff Lucas in his latest article in Christianity magazine: “in the here and now, our understanding of [God] is but a teaspoon of water out of the vastness of the Pacific.” What a stunning comparison – indeed the reality of the difference is even greater, because how can the finite be compared with the infinite?
This reality should remove any alarm when God’s ways seem way beyond our grasp. Indeed, don’t you rejoice at the mystery and the wonder of, for instance, the Trinity and the Incarnation? Don’t panic when you can’t reconcile divine sovereignty with human responsibility. Don’t give up when the atheist tackles you about the difficult issue of suffering. In one of Paul’s characteristic doxologies he writes, “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out!” (Romans 11v33).
Let us be humbled by this comparison and, when our pathway is especially unclear, cling by faith to the lovely promise that “in all things God works for the good of those who love Him” (Romans 8v28), remembering that “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are [God’s] ways higher than [our] ways” (Isaiah 55v9). Above all, let’s often, as we worship God be ‘lost in wonder, love and praise’.
Peace and Grace