The Unfathomableness of God

Scripture

Job 40:1-14

Key Verse – “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.”  Job 42:2 

Study 

We have only spent a brief time looking at the attributes of God.  Scripture gives us a much more complete view of who God is and what He does.  But despite how much we study scripture, we will never be able to fully understand God.

We cannot comprehend eternity.  We have only a slight grasp of what true love is because of our limited human comprehension.  We can never know what grace truly is because we will never have to make a sacrifice like God made of His Son because we will never have a sense of justice like God has that must be appeased.  We will never be able to show mercy like God has shown.

Still, we were created in the image of God.  Many of our own attributes are a reflection – albeit a poor reflection – of God’s own attributes.  Even our best attributes are corrupted by sin.  Our love is often self-seeking.  Our justice is often vengeful.  Our mercy is incomplete.

As we seek to become more and more like Christ, we must understand the completeness of God’s attributes while also understanding that while we try to live godly lives we can’t fully comprehend who God is.

Job made the mistake of assuming that He knew who God was and what His plan was.  Although Job is a shining example of how to live a godly life, even he did not understand the ways of God or to what extent his love and mercy went.  Job’s story is the story of many people and answers the question of “Why do good things happen to bad people?”

The answer Job received was not an appeal to human logic.  Instead it was a bold response of “I am God and you are not.  You cannot understand me and have no right to question me.”  Although this may not be satisfactory for non-Christians, as Christians we should accept that we serve a great God who has our best interests at heart even when we cannot see or understand His plan.

God is so much more than we can imagine.  But one day we will see Him face to face and spend eternity with Him.  Praise God for his greatness, even if we can only grasp a small amount of that today.

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