Sometimes the most basic comment captures so much. Years ago, my husband and I were listening to a sermon about the pointlessness of trying to find answers in ourselves. Our pastor is a godly man, daily studying the Bible, deeply caring about God’s heart for mankind. One day, he said, whether it’s Disney, or self-help strategies, or the many “well-meaning” religions that are way off, we are repeatedly being told to look deep down inside ourselves to find all the answers we need. We waited with bated breath for what he, a very godly man, found…and….he said,
“I tried that. I didn’t find much.”
Huh. We all just stared at him. Here’s a pastor that spends all his time studying God’s Word, praying and teaching. And, he doesn’t find any answers in himself? What chance do I have!?
If we’re honest, we will all agree, any answers to be had are found in God, not in ourselves. We have great minds and can come up with countless ideas, but as far as spiritual wisdom and understanding that naturally exists in our sinful, selfish human hearts? Forget it! Our own “wisdom” is warped at best, and nonexistent at worst. Proverbs 14:12 says,
There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.
I came across Jeremiah 9:23-24 today,
23 Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; 24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.
A few verses later, in Jeremiah 10:6-7, Jeremiah rightly worships God, saying,
6 No one is like you, Lord; you are great, and your name is mighty in power. 7 Who should not fear you, King of the nations? This is your due. Among all the wise leaders of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is no one like you.
I would love to boast that I understand and know God, but does anyone truly? We really can’t even boast that we completely know the ocean, or the desert, or the sky! If we cannot even know these physical, earthly things that humans have been studying for many years, how can we ever say we know and understand the eternal, Holy God?
But that’s what we were created to do: know and understand God. God made us in His image. Before sin entered the picture, we were meant to
walk and talk with God like Adam and Eve did, as a dear Friend and Father.
Sin messed all of that up. It has warped our hearts to care only for ourselves and our own selfish desires. Yet, we are made in God’s image, and God still makes a way for us to know Him well and that should be our goal.
Every day is an opportunity to know God better, love him more deeply.
So what if the immense ocean is only known cup by cup? That’s still progress! And so is seeking our amazing God more every day.
The best news is that God reveals Himself to us every day.
But, do we have eyes to see and ears to hear Him? He wants us to know him. He isn’t hiding from us or playing games. We can see His heart for us all around. We see His faithfulness in the cycles of the days and seasons, in nature, and His provisions and amazing care. We see His creativity and concern. He reveals his heart in the Bible, that He is love. He cares about every person, the outcast, the widow, the unborn child. We see the depth of His love in that He sacrificed His only Son, Jesus, for us, a people who prefer to turn our back on Him. Would any of us sacrifice our only child for anything?
Today in particular, it impacts me that God delights in exercising kindness. The verse above in Jeremiah 9 says, “I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness“. He is so good to us so kind. He loves to shower His children with blessings and love. He is the best Dad, the kind that always has time for us, plans activities with us daily, surprises us with amazing gifts, encourages us and gives us His full attention. Zephaniah 3:17 says,
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.
Let’s determine to know God a little better today. We can take that little cup of ours, and go scoop out a bit more of that enormous ocean of His love and grace, stare at the stars for a couple more hours, continue counting the grains of sand in the desert. It’s a wonderful task, full of joy, always rewarding and worth every moment of our attention.