Knowing God’s ways – Job 38-39

“Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge?” – With these world God proceeds to show all of Job’s accusers of there supreme lack of understanding of the ways of God. Line after line is God showing Job’s friends and us that it is simply not possible for us to have a complete understanding of who he is and why he chooses to do what he does. Very quickly we learn that God is truly sovereign, just, merciful and the arbiter of what it means to be sovereign, just and merciful. When we come to understand that God created everything including the words we use, the concepts we have and the world we live in it becomes easy to see we can never fully understand God. When we try to completely understand God we are trying to define God. How can we ever hope to define a God who is the one who defined us into the finite creatures we are? Our understanding of God will always be limited by our limited ability to comprehend our creator. I believe with all of my heart one of the most significant theological understanding and statements we can ever make is “I DON’T KNOW.” When we can accept that sometime the only answer is I don’t know we have actually taken one step closer to understanding God because we have accepted the fact that he is not completely knowable and understandable to us.

Psalm 111:10 states, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.” – When we fear God we are closer to understanding him, but a large part of this fear is the awe and respect that we show when we know that there is so much we do not and cannot know.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for being so far above our finite human understanding. Thank you for not being constrained by the limits or our human knowledge, potential and words. Thank you for loving us enough to protect us from knowledge and understanding that would destroy us. Thank you for your mercy and grace which allows us to make mistakes based upon false assumptions and false knowledge, but loves us anyway. Thank you for loving me despite all of my faults and limitations. Amen.

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