Bible and the Locked Room
We are asked to grasp the wind.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him” (Hebrews 11:6, NKJV).
However, we can also say that without faith it is impossible to understand God, as well. The foundation beliefs about God are accessible for all but the deeper we go, the more challenging God becomes.
Fleshly man lives in a finite world where we trust in science and the tangible. Seeing is believing in our self-absorbed age but we cannot apply that to understanding God. He is a spirit (John 4:24) and although we are made in his spiritual image (Genesis 1:26), he is absolutely nothing like us.
God is everywhere at once (Psalm 139:7-12) and cannot be contained. Yet, we persist in our efforts to reduce God to our own level. Judging God by human standards & then pronouncing him a failure is like criticizing a Tiger for his inadequacy as an Ostrich.
We want to put God in a locked room so we can control him. Whatever we prefer or like, God will go along with it. Such temerity!
“Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things” (Acts 17:25).
God transcends our imagination. Until we unleash our minds and think spiritually, we will never grasp the majesty of our Lord. We have to open the doors and windows and let him out!
Jesus came to earth to show us the Father (John 14:8-12). The foolish captors thought they had eliminated Jesus when he simply threw off the shackles of death to prove his greatness.
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation” (Colossians1:15).
Our fleshly minds cannot understand Christ, much less God (John 1:1). Scripture gives us images, analogies, metaphors, parables, and a host of other methods to help us grasp the impossible.
We read about God in anthropomorphic terms, but God doesn’t have hands and feet. However, we must have something for our minds to latch onto. That is our connection to the invisible.
We must train our spiritual minds to ponder the unknowable. Faith includes a window into the unseen and impossible, so we must start thinking bigger or we will believe a lie (John8:44).