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The One True God is Incomprehensible

Day Twenty-Two
by Gini Crawford, MSW

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What does it mean that God is 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.

Why are we limited in comprehending God while on this present earth? As you know from Genesis, God created everything perfectly, life was very good, and then sin came into the world. We went from an existence of seeing God face to face, to being separated from Him. Because of our sin nature we are in a spiritual darkness, so our ability to understand God and eternity became almost nonexistent. (Isaiah 59:2; Romans 3:9-12) Only through Jesus and the Holy Spirit do we receive the ability and desire to truly know God and understand His Word.(John 1:4-9, 12:44-47; Romans 8:26-27; Titus 3:4-6; 2 Peter 1:20-21) However, even as Christians, our earthly understanding still dims in comparison to what our heavenly understanding will be (1 Corinthians 13:9-12, 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®

Human reasoning and the One True God

The One True God 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 planned 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 so on. How do you humanly explain things like this? 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®

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 certainly didn't love Him, but He still passionately knew and loved me. It is hard for me to understand why God loves me so absolutely and so unconditionally. What about you? (Romans 5:8-10; Ephesians 2:1-5; 1 John 4:9-10)

...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®

The One True God is the miracle worker. Those of you, who are familiar with the Bible, know it is full of Godís beyond our understanding miracles (Acts 2:22). 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 part so over a million people could escape the Egyptian army (Exodus 14:13-22). A prayer from a king of a small defenseless country, defeats the army of the world power at the time. (Isaiah 37:14-21, 33-38)  A teenager trusts in God and kills a giant with one well aimed rock (1 Samuel 17:33-37, 48-51). A prophet of God prays and the dead is raised to life (2 Kings 4:32-37).

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, while human grace in most cases is hard to find. 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 His.

No other religion 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 faith can claim a god like the Christian God, Who fervently pursues humankind to the point of death on a cross, so He can give us His righteousness and a wondrous eternity with Him. (John 6:67-69; Romans 3:22, 8:1-2, 31-39; Philippians 2:5-11; Titus 3:4-7)

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®

Do you think the One True God is worth your worship and love? He is certainly worth mine!


Life Application:

The incomprehensible God dwells with us

In Mark 4, 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. Exciting truth, isn't it?

Describe Jesus Christ from this story.

How does this story speak to you?


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