For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.
~1 Corinthians 13:9-10, LSB
We know that God is great; we just do not know how great!
Is it possible to know God? Yes and no; we can know God partially but we cannot know Him completely. In theology, we can this the incomprehensibility of God. It simply means that God is too big for us to imagine. We cannot comprehend Him or understand Him completely. We can know some things about Him but we know only what He chooses to reveal. We are finite and we know God is infinite: He operates on a much higher plain. As God told Israel through Isaiah the prophet, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, for as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” As Bill Stafford use to say, “If we could put God in our little box of brains, He would not be a God big enough to worship.” Paul went on to say in 1 Corinthians 1, For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. Right now, we are in a quandary, we are looking through stain glass and we only see dimly or partially.
I have a lot of questions that I can’t answer and no one else can answer them either. I read Augustine at night and he was a brilliant man but he doesn’t have all the answers. One of the things that bothers me about the modern day reform movement within the Baptist Church is their know-it-all attitude. They have all the answers and time to tell you about it. I like John MacArthur sermons and he is definitely a brilliant man but John doesn’t know it all. I am not sure that John is aware of the fact, that he doesn’t know it all, but I am. When I pick at June about her weather men: I’ll say, “They don’t know what it is going to do.” She always comes back with, “They know more than you.” I agree, they know more than me but they don’t know all, and God does. I don’t trust anyone with all the answers and who never confesses sin. The longer I live the more I am convinced that humility is the greatest virtue. I like to hear preachers who are real and who admit their struggles. I sure don’t pay any attention to folks like John Haggai who have charts that explain when certain prophecies will be fulfilled. They are wind bags: they do not know what God is going to do nor when. You say, “But they are going by scripture.” No, they are going my their interpretation of scripture. So were the Jewish religious leaders of Jesus day and they missed everything, even His birth. He was born within six miles of Jerusalem and they told Herod that He would be born in Bethlehem and yet they missed it. They didn’t expect Him to come as an innocence and helpless baby or to be born in a barn. I’m just telling you: no disciple ever figured Jesus out completely, and no one today has God figured out either.
I think I figured out what happened yesterday. I think I updated the July 18th blog thinking I was posting a new blog. The title was “I’ll Fly Away.” What about this wonderful weather. August has been mild to say the least and we have gotten another rain. Well folks today is FRIDAY and the Jack-pot is with his granny. Big Mama and Granddaddy get a day off.
Looking forward to the LORD’S DAY. We will be observing communion Sunday morning at the POINT. It will be a day of rest for General Josh. He will preach August 13th and report on the Guatemala trip. The next time he goes to Guatemala, I want someone from the POINT going with him. It may have to be a young person. We desperately need to get our college age on an international mission trip. It will teach them more than 2 years of college. We have worked this Sunday night out as well. I will be preaching at DBC at 5:00 and going to Brewer at 6:00 for the prayer walk.
Have a great day and enjoy the cloud cover.