I am finally getting back to my series about the Characteristics of God! Last time I wrote about the infinity of God and reminisced about starting a relationship with my husband. Well, let's think of this as our second date. We will continue our quest to know more about our God.
I have often wondered if I will eventually have nothing to talk about with my husband. After a long marriage, don't you know each other so well that you've heard every story, every dream? Maybe to some degree, but I hope not. Otherwise a marriage stretching 50 plus years would not be fulfilling. And I don't think God created marriage to be a relationship that eventually grows stagnate.
One thing I know for a fact is that we will never tire of God. God is Unsearchable.
When I say this I mean that we will never reach the end of knowing all of God. Let's look at Isaiah 40.
Who is able to advise the Spirit of the LORD?
God is so above all of us that He never has had any need for advice. He is the source of all knowledge. Think of Google. You could put pretty much any word or person's name into that search engine and some information will come up. It's like Google's knowledge is so vast that it covers whatever you throw at it.
God is way bigger than Google.
You may say, "Duh, Kristen! He's God!" But do we always live like this? How often do we run to "Google" something instead of going to the one who existed before Google? This same chapter of scripture mentions how God has also "held the oceans in His hands" and "measured off the heavens with His fingers" (v. 12). I'm pretty sure Google cannot offer us this level of understanding.
We will never come to the end of God's wisdom. We will never reach the end of God's personality. He will always have new thoughts. He will always have new plans for us. I also love Isaiah 55:8. "'My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,' says the Lord. 'And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.'" Now, I think I have a pretty good imagination. But since the Bible says I can't even imagine God's thoughts, I'm pretty sure I could never grow tired of God.
So far I've painted this picture of God like a massive, multi-volume encyclopedia of information. But part of God's wonder is this: that while He is unsearchable, He is fully knowable.
This may seem like a contradiction, but to say that it is impossible is to limit the ability of God. And we know from our first date with God (my blog post on God's infinity), that He is limitless. Time does not restrain Him and neither does any definition of space.
God can be fully known by us puny humans. I love how Jesus explained it. In John 10 Jesus told a crowd how He was the Good Shepherd. He said the shepherd, "Walks ahead of them [the sheep], and they follow Him because they know His voice. They won't follow a stranger; they will run from him because they do not know his voice" (4-5, NLT).
We are Jesus' sheep and He is our shepherd. When we follow Him we get to know His voice. In other words, we begin to understand His ways and His character. We begin a relationship with Him. And what is the best way to get to know God's voice? Through His Word, of course!
So we know that we can grow closer to God, but how close is He to us? I think Psalm 139 explains this pretty well. "O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I'm far away. ..You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord" (v. 1-2, 4).
See? God knows everything about us! He is as close as our own thoughts.
The more I examine this truth about God, the more I come to understand just how loving God is. He is a God who knows every intricate detail about the entire universe because He made it and sustains it. But He is also a God who knows every intimate detail about me because He made me and loves me. He wants me to come to Him and get to know Him more and more, even though my puny little thoughts bring nothing to the relationship!
I'm like King David, exclaiming, "Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!" (Psalm 139:6).
Hi, I'm Kristen! Just a girl who loves all things Jesus, family, music and food!
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