Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
For 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.
One characteristic of God is that He is incomprehensible i.e., He’s beyond our understanding. We can’t ever understand Him completely. Paul asked “Who are you Lord?” Are we happy to be confronted with the incomprehensible God who comes down into our lives?
‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him’—
These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
(1 Cor 2:9-11)
No aspect of God can be fully understood. He has so many attributes. It’s a paradox though, because He wants us to know Him. God is moving in our lives to reveal Himself to us. The challenge is to be those who know God. The paradox is that He’s incomprehensible yet makes Himself known. Do you have an appetite to know God?
1 Cor 14 talks about being ‘mature in understanding’. It starts with an appetite to know God and think God’s thoughts – we sing ‘to work and speak and think for Thee’. Let’s think through who God is.
There are many outward signs that could represent God e.g. fire, light, the rock, shield, shepherd… but none of these completely describe Him. Yet they are all aspects of Him, portraying something of God. He is unchangeable/immutable. If we are praying for something – e.g. for someone to be saved – if we ponder on the unchangeable character of God, this strengthens our prayers.