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  • Writer's pictureR.C. VanLandingham

We Cannot Understand God

This is Day 26 of my 40 day Lenten blog.

God is beyond our comprehension. No matter how intelligent a person is, we are limited by the finite brains that God gave to us, and it is impossible for a finite brain to comprehend an infinite God. As St. Augustine of Hippo famously said, "We are talking about God. What wonder is it that you do not understand? If you understand, it is not God."

If you understand, it is not God. We cannot begin to understand why God does what He does. And He is quite clear about that, telling the prophet Isaiah that, "my thoughts are not your thoughts. Neither are my ways your ways...As the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Yet, I often act as though we should understand. I act as though I am morally superior. I act as though He is treating me unfairly. I cannot begin to fathom the complexity of the plan He set into motion the day He said BANG and the universe exploded into existence. So how could I ever begin to question Him? But question Him I do. It is a good thing He is more patient and forgiving than I am.

Today's prayer: Lord help me to always remember that Your ways are not my ways and Your thoughts are not my thoughts. You are so much higher than I am, help me to always trust in Your plan with patience, humility, and faith!

R.C. VanLandingham lives in Florida with his wife and kids.He is the author of several books including the Christian fantasy books Peter Puckett & The Amulet of Eternity, Peter Puckett & the Enchanted Chalice, and Magdalene Hope & the Elves of Evermore.

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