NOTE: I am on a “retirement/anniversary” trip and will be out until late September. In the meantime, I’m sharing recycled DayBreaks for 2010. Thanks for your understanding!
From the DayBreaks archive, September 2010:
One thing that has always puzzled me is how atheists think. I sometimes wonder if they do think seriously about the question of God and His existence. I must admit that I struggle to think about God, too, but in a different way. I find myself pondering His character, His nature, His power, wisdom, greatness – and I soon find that I’ve come to the end of my ability to grasp infinite things. I wish I could understand more about Him! I hope that when we are in eternity with Him that somehow, our capacity to understand His mind and ways is increased. I don’t believe we’ll know all about Him, for He is infinite – something which we will never be, even though we will have eternal life. We will still, I think, be finite creatures – and He will remain as He is – infinite. And we shall delight in our eternal discoveries of and about Him! Perhaps atheists give up thinking about God because they can’t understand Him. I can understand that to a degree – it can be frustrating to ponder something that you just don’t “get” – like biochemistry or nuclear physics or the theory of relativity. But it can also be very rewarding and cause us to grow and discover new horizons that we had no idea even existed.
Augustine walked the seashore one day, pondering the majesty of God. He saw a small boy who had dug a hole in the sand. The boy kept scooting down to the ocean, scooping up water in a seashell, and scrambling back to pour the water in the hole.
“What are you doing?” Augustine asked him.
“I’m going to pour the sea into that hole,” the boy said.
“Ah,” Augustine thought, “That is what I have been trying to do. Standing at the ocean of infinity, I have tried to grasp it with my finite mind.”
It is fun (not to mention extremely profitable!) to try to grasp and understand as much as we can about God – but it should humble us as well and reveal to us our own finitude and creatureliness.
PRAYER: God, we long to revel in Your infinite Presence forever! Daily, let us grasp new truths about You as we walk through this life, truth that will draw us into a closer and more intimate relationship with You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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