Pastor Thomas Smith   -  

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”¬†¬†Isaiah 55:8, 9

It will never be possible in this life for finite man to fully comprehend God Who is infinite. This is part of the great adventure of life – learning to know God Who is so wonderful that we will never know Him completely. One of the common mistakes of man is to think that God is like us in His attributes and character. Normally, we do not think like God, feel like God, or see things the way He does. We certainly do not always know what God is doing or why He is doing it. His ways are higher than our ways, and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. We all have heard people question and blame God concerning certain events as though we know better than God. In reality, God is often doing things or allowing things for purposes that we do not fully comprehend. God is so mighty, so immense, and so perfect that we will never exhaust the need to continue in our lifelong pursuit of knowing Him.

We are introduced to the Almighty Creator and Sustainer of the universe at the time of salvation. The unconverted man cannot know Him nor understand His ways. The natural man cannot receive the things of God nor can he know them because they must be spiritually discerned. When we were without Christ, we did not have the capacity to know God. We could learn things about God, but we could not have a personal relationship with Him. When a person is born again, he is instantly indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God Who is with us to teach us and guide us into truth. The Spirit of God enables us to understand spiritual reality.

As Christians, we are instructed to “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (II Peter 3:18). The more we read and learn about God in the Bible, the more we comprehend about His character and His ways. One reason that this should be a priority in our lives is because God wants us to become more like Him. Throughout our lives, we exchange our views and opinions for His truth, and our ways for His ways. Though we will never fully know Him in this life, our purpose is to increase in the knowledge of God and grow in our understanding of Him.