I think, sometimes, people try and filter God into their lives with a strainer. The pin prick holes they use to filter Him are their own, small-minded narrow view of Him. The reason I know this is true is because, at various points of my life I have attempted the same. I am small-minded. I have narrow vision. I am finite, and my small mind tries to wrestle with the infinite.
Friends, God is so much bigger than you or I can imagine Him. Trying to fit Him in to our world view is like trying to carry an infinite amount of watermelons in a ziploc sandwich bag, or trying to wrap mount Everest (though He is infinitely greater) in a single roll of aluminum foil. It diminishes Him (in our minds), and us, and invents a different God all together. I’d rather seek the infinite.I’d rather know only what portion of God my mind can fathom and seek more, than try and understand Him by the limits of my own imaginings. He is everywhere, existing, simultaneously, in the past, present, and future; existing beyond our concept of time and space, and yet intimately within our personal frame. It is too high and lofty for me to explain, but this is the best I can do! God is greater, stronger, more powerful than anything we can imagine….let’s not paint HIM as anything but greater than ourselves. Otherwise, we’re just deluding ourselves.
If God is bigger than I could ever hope or imagine, it makes me larger than I feel about myself. It expands my mind, and opens it up to His knowledge, wisdom and grace, which I will never fathom it all in this life, but, perhaps when I see Him face to face, I may have understanding. The God who created this finite universe with His infinite wisdom and imagination desires us to be with Him infinitely. grasp for Him, for He is the only thing truly bigger than yourself.
Psalm 139English Standard Version (ESV)
Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
139 O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.[a]
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.
19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
20 They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain.[b]
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts![c]
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting![d]
a Psalm 139:14 Or for I am fearfully set apart
b Psalm 139:20 Hebrew lacks your name
c Psalm 139:23 Or cares
d Psalm 139:24 Or in the ancient way (compare Jeremiah 6:16)