I recently heard someone say, “There are so many contradictions in the Bible and I don’t understand it so, I just don’t believe in God.” This outlook reflects the blind reasoning of our secular culture; that is, the dismissal of God based upon our inability to understand Him. Yet—we are quick to place our faith in lesser things that we don’t fully understand. For example, no one refuses to drive because they fail to fully understand how an engine works? Certainly, a lack of formal medical education won’t mean one will refuse an operation to save their mortal life. Yet, somehow it makes sense to reject God who gave His life to save our eternal life—because we don’t understand Him?
This is a sad paradox.
Perhaps we would prefer to believe in God if He was as limited in power and wisdom as we are, and if His love is as limited as ours. That would be a huge disappointment. How can we possibly offer worship in wonder or majesty to a god that is as limited as we are? Don’t we already suffer enough disappointment from our secular idols?
I can tell from personal experience that serving secular “gods” is a self-defeating way to live. It made my life predictable, boring, selfish, unsatisfying, restless, and worst of all—I never reached the potential that God created for me. I lived that way for over twenty years. I don’t ever want to go back to that life.
The Bible says: “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near.” (Isaiah 55:6) And, God responds, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither 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.” (vs. 8-9) We can’t know God’s thoughts without knowing God, but….
…when we seek God, He reveals His ways to us.
His Word becomes clearer because His Spirit reigns within us. We love His Word and so we read and study it with the passion of uncovering the greatest mysteries of life.
God is the source of all wisdom. Thus, “let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.” (Hosea 6:3)
When we seek Him, we know Him; and then we begin to live in the amazement of His ways.
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