-The God who is both-
“My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He will pluck my feet out of the net.
Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses.
Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins.
Consider how many are my foes, and with what violent hatred they hate me.
Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me!
Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in You.”
Do you ever feel like an all-powerful and loving God is an amazing idea… only He doesn’t seem to really meet all the hype that some tend to give out? If you are honest, you will say… yes! Why is it, or how is it, that we can believe God is so close, so omni-present (everywhere), and yet… He sure doesn’t seem to be right here with me at times.
Let me be clear. I believe with confidence that God is a loving, powerful, Creator who is infinitely powerful, yet mind blowingly personal. Jesus Christ, God taking on humanity, shows us the ultimate expression of how personal, merciful, gracious, loving, and patient He really is. The problem with our understanding is NOT how God behaves. The problem is us. We are finite people trying our hardest at times to fathom, to comprehend the awesomeness of our INFINITE God. It would be similar to trying to teach calculus to an aardvark. The point is, you are not going to have much (any) expectation of an aardvark understanding what you are talking about.
There is an element of God indeed that we connect with because He has made Himself known to us in the person of Jesus Christ. Why did God do this? We could talk about the importance of Christ’s humanity in relation to the Atonement and our forgiveness, justification, and redemption. This would be beneficial and extremely important, but it isn’t the direction I am going right now. Christ’s humanity is important to us, because we can relate. I can relate to a man who knows what it is like to work hard, to have friends, to care for others, to experience loss and disappointment, to be betrayed, to be tempted, to not meet others expectations, to feel alone at times, to cry out to God, to feel abandoned, to hurt, to want to help, to be angered. I can look to Jesus as One who has experienced all of these things. He experienced them all and never sinned.
Hebrews 2:17 speaks of Jesus being our High Priest who “had to be made like His brothers in every respect, so that He might become a merciful and faithful High Priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the People.” He became “like” me. He became “like” you!
Know this: God is. No, I didn’t forget to finish the sentence. God is… PERIOD. Not was, will be, but capital I capital S… IS. He is outside of time, space, and our understanding; yet God has made Himself known in the person of Jesus Christ and sent His very Holy Spirit to dwell in our very being as ones who have been “born again” or regenerated.
Do not grow weary in your struggle to understand and grow in your relationship with God Almighty. Paul reminds us in Galations 6:9 to “not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” This includes our journey of trying to love the Lord our God with all our mind. Keep going. Pray. Ask for wisdom as James tells us to. If you lack wisdom (psst… that’s you) ask! Seems simple, but how often do we ask the God of wisdom for the very thing He desires to give us?
God let us be people who desire more than life itself to know You and to be known by You. We need wisdom like we need daily hydration. Like the deer in Psalms that “pants” for the refreshment of the stream he is seeking, we want to long and ache for Your presence. Help us Lord to humble ourselves, to be honest and vulnerable, and to genuinely allow ourselves to be a lump of clay for Your hands to bend, shape, and conform into the likeness of Your Son Jesus Christ.
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