Apprehending God

“If you understand, it is not God you understand.” – Augustine

We like to control; to think we’ve got it all figured out.

Including God.

But that, my friends, is an illusion. Much about God – who he is, what he does, and why he does it – is far beyond the capability of our finite minds to comprehend. God is infinite, awesome, and very large!  In that sense our God is indeed mysterious.

I’m okay with that!

Now don’t get me wrong. God can be known. We can have a personal relationship with him; we can enjoy conscious communion with him.

What we cannot do is put him in a box. Create him in our own image; smugly act like we have him all figured out. That we cannot do.

That is what I’ve been thinking about today.



3 thoughts on “Apprehending God

  1. Cynthia

    That’s so true — and something I struggle with often. We by nature want to get our minds around things, understand how they work — or, more often,understand how to make them work they way we want them to. But that doesn’t apply to God. He is incomprehensibly big. In a book titled “The Collapse of the Brass Heaven,” the consequences of thinking you’ve figured God out is addressed — and a dire consequence is that Christians stop thinking about God as being supernatural. Because we can’t understand supernatural stuff, so we need to kind of tidy that up if we want to get our brains around God.

    So don’t try. Try to know God better, but don’t try to figure God out. Just accept that he is good and powerful and bigger than whatever brainpower you bring to the party. And that’s a good thing — because if he can fit inside you’re head, he’s not God.

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