A couple European vagabonds and I sat in a tiny studio apartment amid the Swiss Alps debating theology until 4 am. Sons of missionaries, raised in boarding schools, these brothers had left their parents’ faith. I don’t remember a whole lot about them, not even their last name, but I remember that conversation. It was fascinating. Engaging. Real.
We drank bad coffee, watched the snow fall outside and hashed over the purpose of life and realities (or not) of God. At one point, one of the guys said he couldn’t believe in a god he couldn’t understand. I responded that I couldn’t worship a god that was my equal. If I could fully understand God, truly comprehend all that He is and all that He does, then why would I worship Him? Logic tells me, that if I’m that clever and He that predictable and formulaic, then I should worship myself … or nothing at all.
That was in 1998.
I don’t like not having all the answers, but what I said then is still true today. I am completely imperfect in just about every way. Sure, I have some degree of intelligence, but if a fallible, mortal like me can understand everything about God, then He’s not much of a god. I want a God who is much.
During this week’s Big Word discussion we talked about a lot of things that we struggle to understand.
The effectiveness of prayer on the will of God.
The role and purpose of prayer in light of God’s sovereignty.
Why God provides more readily for some and not others.
The seemingly unjust nature of equal rainfall on the godly and ungodly.
There is much we do not — cannot — understand but this I know: GOD IS GOD and there is no other. And that’s all that matters.
Here’s a video recap of the study and our discussions. The running time is about 16 minutes.
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Your turn: What stood out to you most in this study? What has God been teaching you lately?