I’ve just started reading a book called Crazy Love by Francis Chan and I am LOVING it! I’m only a few chapters in, but the main focus so far has been to just re-discover how amazing, awesome, holy, and worthy our God is: from the incomprehensible mass of the universe down to the intricacy of a single caterpillar (Chan informs us that one caterpillar has 228 separate and distinct muscles in its head!!!!).
We recognize that God created all of this and all of us. Yet somehow…we forget. We lose the wonder and amazement of it all. Chan writes, “No matter how many fascinating details we learn about God’s creation, we still forget.” Why, and more importantly, HOW, can we forget something so mind-blowing? That’s the question my accountability partner and very special friend, Ms. Sandi, asked me at our last meeting (we are reading this book together).
I don’t know the exact answer to this question, and there may not even be an exact answer. But, I would like to give my (extremely qualified) opinion.
I think that we sometimes deliberately forget who God is. We choose not to think about it because it isn’t something our human minds can truly comprehend.
He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. (Colossians 1:17 NLT)
What the heck!? This statement is so simple, but can we really grasp it and understand it? Heck no. It hurts our human brains to attempt an understanding of Him! It’s overwhelming, because God Himself IS overwhelming.
We get frustrated when we don’t understand something, especially when that “something” is the very reason we exist. It’s easier to just accept that He’s super amazing and MOVE ON! This is why we forget.
But there is danger in forgetting; there is complacency in forgetting.
When we give up learning about God, we stop growing in Him. When we stop growing in Him, we become unimpressed, bored, and dry. We stop chasing Him and cease to be amazed by the simple truths of the Bible.
Think of the person on this earth that you love the most. Why do you love them? We love people because of who they are. The same goes for God. How can we truly love him if we don’t truly know Him? Chan hit the nail on the head when he said, “When we love God because we feel we should love Him, instead of genuinely loving out of our true selves, we have forgotten who God really is.”
How can we love God out of our true selves? Just because we will never fully comprehend the vastness of Him doesn’t mean we can’t know Him. I don’t know God like the back of my hand, but over the past year or so I have gotten to know His heart, and I am completely in love with Him and I continue to learn more and more! It’s exciting and wondrous and fresh every day.
No, we will never completely understand the God of the universe. We have a choice to make because of this. We can be frustrated about it, and quit when the thought of who God is makes us feel like our brains are going to explode. Or we can push through that, and peel back God’s layers one by one. There is an infinite number of layers to peel back, but that is exciting! It is fun! I know that I want to peel those layers back until the day I die.
So here are a few questions I think we all need to genuinely ask ourselves: “Who is God? Do I simply have my own ideas of Him, or do I really know Him for who He says He is?” You can’t love someone without getting to know them, and you certainly can’t love God without getting to know Him.
So if there is ANYONE out there reading this, I want to encourage you to study God’s character. Revisit the simple truths of the His Word, and let it sink in. It isn’t easy, but (I’ll say it again) there is no way that we can give our whole selves to a God that we don’t know. And although we will never fully comprehend or come to the end of knowing Him, we have the ability to learn of His character and nature. Let’s fall in love with God all over again. His love never gets boring, old, or monotonous unless we allow it to.
Maybe you’re reading this and you only know God based on what you’ve heard and what you perceive Him to be. That was me, once! I grew up in a church but I didn’t know who the heck God was. I thought that maybe if I was good enough, and didn’t sin as much, He might notice me. I know now that nothing is further from the truth. God loved me just as much then as He does now. He has always seen me, and has always known every single detail about me. The same goes for you, no matter where you are in your life or how much attention you give or don’t give to God. He will never love you any more than He does at this moment. Read Psalms 139, I guarantee that it will blow you away. I’m getting a little off-topic now, and I will talk about God’s love more next time!
I hope this post was encouraging and inspired you to discover/re-discover our amazing God! Let’s not just “move on” when we realize how BIG and AMAZING God is. Let’s go deeper!