A Mysterious and Complex God

I spent some time this week reflecting on the story of Thomas in John 20, where he didn’t believe that Jesus had risen from the dead even after the other disciples had seen Him. In verse 25 he says, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” 

We are a people who often need hard physical evidence before we’re willing to believe something. And like Thomas, if we don’t see it for ourselves, we won’t believe.

The problem is, if this is how we live our lives, how can we relate to such a mysterious and complex God? God has given us His Word to help us grow in our knowledge of Him, but the reality is: We can spend every day of our life reading His Word and still know very little about the mysteries of His vastness.

And one of the greatest dangers is when we try to fit Him into our own idea and understanding of who we think He is. We want this provable, easily comprehendible version of a God that fits into our construct.

How often do we actually try to comprehend God as He is: A God and Creator that is beyond our human understanding and knowledge; A God that loves us so deeply and in ways we will never understand this side of eternity. My prayer for all of us is that we can be people who simply trust in the Lord with all of our heart and that we wouldn’t lean on our simple, finite understanding of this mysterious and complex God—who simply desires for us to return His love.

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