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The more I study God’s Word the less I seem to know. I know it is not supposed to work that way- right! But let us consider for a moment just how much we know about God. Sure the Bible is full of information about the characteristics of God. The Bible is full of stories that tell us about Gods attributes. The Bible is full of testimonies of Gods greatness, His majesty and His amazing abilities all beyond our comprehension. I read, I study, I meditate on His Word, I pray, I worship and I speak His name and fame to any and all that will listen. The writers of the Gospels, the Prophets and the Torah all speak about the wonders of God, His miracles, His Prophetic utterances, and His amazing love for us, further defining His merciful and gracious ways. I love to read about God, His Son and His Holy Spirit.  They each give me more information about who God is. And then I sit back and think deeply: do I KNOW God? I like to think I do, and to some extent, I pray I do. At least I can honestly say I know there is a God. This I know that I know that I know. There is a God, He created all things, He created me and He loves all that He has created. His creations are nothing short of amazing and they are proof that there is a God. But life has so many twists and turns and although I know God is with me, there is so much that I do not understand. Am I supposed to understand? I think not. Some things I just must accept. Then I come to the following scripture and it all makes perfect sense:

Isaiah 55:8-11

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways,” says ADONAI.

“As high as the sky is above the earth are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

For just as rain and snow fall from the sky and do not return there, but water the earth,

causing it to bud and produce, giving seed to thee sower and bread to the eater;

so is my word that goes out from my mouth-

it will not rerun to me unfulfilled;

but it will accomplish what I intend,

and cause to succeed what I sent it to do.”

Now I get it, for I am just a human: a creation of God Almighty, and ADONAI is the ruler of this universe. He is sovereign, all knowing, all powerful and constantly creating, yet He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, He is eternal, omnipresent, glorious and Holy. God wants me to know Him this way, but as much as I learn, there is more about God than I will ever know. And I love that about God because if I truly said ” Oh I know God” I would be a liar. That would go against God’s laws. So I have to take what I know, and be forever grateful for what I do know and what God will allow me to know. So when  we get into discussions about God, let us talk about the great things we know about Him and what He has revealed to us. Let us be joyful and comforted by His presence in our lives. And let us not be bothered by what we don’t know, but be joyful and comforted in this as well. After all, should creation know all there is to know about the creator?  Would that not make the creation equal to the creator? Just meditate on this and you too will see that this would be foolish. As the above scripture reveals to us, we will never be even close to truly knowing God, for His ways and His thoughts are so much higher then ours, and I would not want it any other way. Who would want to serve a God that was equal in thought and  ways as a servant? I choose to serve a God that is so above me in all His ways and who knows me so intimately, that nothing I have done or will ever do will surprise Him. I choose to serve a God who is pure Spirit and love, and allows me the privilege of serving Him because He is worthy of all our praise, our worship, our love, and our adoration. I love God for all that He wants me to know, and for all that remains a mystery. He is perfect.

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11 comments

  1. Dear Rabbi Eric. If you want to know more about God you should read St. Thomas Aquinas’ “Summa Theologica”.

    • Wulfrano, I believe you missed the point, perhaps you should read the article again. The point is that no matter what we read or study we will never know all there is to know about God. We do not need to know all things about God, He is too Holy and above us and that is the point.
      God tells us what we need to know, not all that we want to know.

  2. Hi!
    I made mine your words!
    Who can know He who exists before things come to existence?!

    1 John 2:3-4
    We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.

    And when I think that my knowledge of Him is revealed in my behavior, then I think again and I see that indeed I am far from Him as the earth is far from sky…

    At least we have the promise of being transformed into a new nature that will glorify Him the way He deserves. And then we will know Him!

    1 Corinthians 13:8-12
    Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

    God Bless you

    • Rui, I think no matter what we know or do we all go feel the same at some point, that God is far from us because He is so holy and righteous and we are just so undeserved of His love and grace. But that is what makes God so amazing, His love and grace goes on forever, and all He asks of us is to obey His commands. His promises are plentiful and yet each will be fulfilled according to His will not ours. Thank you for the scriptures you shared and for you comments. One day we shall be with the LORD and yes we will know Him. This is a thought that is difficult to fathom yet I yearn for this outcome when my life here on earth as served its purpose. Bless you my friend.

  3. Amen, Rabbi Eric, our finite minds could never contain the full majesty of the God we serve. Who can even understand the depths of his love for a rebellious people who do not obey? Yet he still loves us. All that is good is from God alone. I only know one thing and that is that he has taken me way too far for me to ever go back to where I was. I do not understand why he allows what he does but I take him at his word when he says he will make all things right. I refuse to look at my problems in this world and think that God does not care. I know with all that I am that he has a purpose in everything I endure. Christ died to give me life. That is all I need to know.

    • Yes Marianne, we will always have problems here in this world. We are subject to a fallen world. We can blame God, have a pity party for ourselves or we can see that God has allowed certain things in our lives, to teach us, to bring us closer to Him and ultimately for His glory sake. God does care because He loves you and knows everything about you. He amazes me, how much He allows from us and yet He still loves us. You are such a blessing to all of us, God has given you a great gift and I am so glad you are using it and blessing others.

  4. Thank You for these beautiful things you are pondering about our indescrible God. Here is part of an article by Michael Brown, Ph.D. (r) ChristianPost.com:

    Leonard Ravenhill (20th-century evangelist) once wrote, “Five minutes inside eternity and we will wish that we had sacrificed more, wept more, grieved more, loved and prayed more, and given more.”

    Yes, the moment we step into eternity and see the unveiled glory of God, the fullness of the beauty of Jesus, the immensity of the grace that was poured out on us, the massive debt that was paid on our behalf, the endless splendor of the world to come, and the horrors of judgement that we have escaped…

    • Dearest Mrs. CJB, thank you for sharing the comments from Michael Brown, one of my favorite authors when it comes to biblical issues. Yes, how many of us will regret not spending more time at the office or more time playing cards or golf when we realize that we should be spending more time in the Word, more time in prayer, in worship and seeking the LORD. Finish strong, persevere and thank God for all He has done and will do in your blessed life.

  5. (continued)yes, “five minutes inside eternity”we will wish that we had been more devoted to the Lord.

    God Bless You Rabbi Eric, and Thank You for letting me share this from Dr. Brown.

  6. Rabbi Eric I totally agree with you and feel the same way. The more I learn about God, the less I really know about Him and His ways.

    The majesty, the power, the expanse, and the overwhelming awe of our Father in heaven.

    Yet none of us really know just wonderful and magnificent He really is.

    My hope and prayers are to one day be standing face to face with my creator in heaven!

    God Bless. 🙂

    • Thank you Gordon, My hope and prayer are that when God calls you home you will get that face to face encounter with our creator in heaven, and it will be unbelievable and eternal. I hope we both get that opportunity, God willing and God bless.

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