This weekend we began our new series called “God is ______.” The first message in this series is called “God is Unknowable”.
As mentioned on the weekend, God has revealed Himself to man, and we do have certainties, anchors, all we need for salvation, things we know to be true of God – and yet even in our certainties, there is still unknowing (see Exodus 33:18-23, Job 42:1-6, 1 Corinthians 13:12).
“…naming God is never really naming God but only naming our understanding of God. To take our ideas of the divine and hold them as if they correspond to the reality of God is thus to construct a conceptual idol built from the materials of our mind…the God we are in relationship with is bigger, better and different than our understanding of that God.” (Peter Rollins – How Not to Speak of God)
Q. How does the reality of God being bigger and better than we can understand and articulate, impact your worship and prayer life?
A few years ago I read this quote from one of todays most well known atheists, and I found his words to be beautiful and an encouragement to my faith rather than a hindrance.
“If there is a God, it’s going to be a whole lot bigger and a whole lot more incomprehensible than anything that any theologian of any religion has ever proposed.” (atheist author/thinker Richard Dawkins – Time Magazine)
Q. Have you placed God in a box?
Q. Out of fear, have you tried to tame God and make Him smaller and controllable?
“So when we talk about God, we’re talking about our brushes with spirit, our awareness of the reverence humming within us, our sense of the nearness – and the farness, that which we know – and that which is unknown, that which we can talk about – and that which eludes the grasp of our words, that which is crystal clear – and that which is more mysterious than ever.” (Rob Bell – What We Talk About When We Talk About God)
Spend some time thinking about the things you know to be true of God by what He has revealed about Himself in scripture. Then spend some time either in prayer or journalling, and thank God for being bigger, more beautiful, more marvelous, more wonderful than you can even imagine or understand.
If you are looking to dig deeper into who God is, I highly reccomend reading A.W. Tozer’s book The Knowledge of the Holy, it is an incredible look at the nature of God.