Not being a golfer it seemed to me a fairly simple sport involving hitting a ball with a club, trying to get the ball into the tiny hole on top of a small hill. Then someone gave me a set of used clubs and I gave it a try. Turns out I knew nothing at all of how to play golf. The little bit I began to learn only served to enlighten me that there was much more that I didn’t know.
Life’s full of situations where we come up against the complexity of something only after we jump in with both feet thinking it couldn’t be that complicated. There’s been a number of times when I thought I could do a home improvement, but, upon further research, decided it was beyond me and had it hired done.
One of the lessons of life we learn, hopefully early on, is that the more we know, the more we know we don’t know. Faith and trust come into play at this point.
I pay to fly in a plane, part of my ticket paying for the pilot whom I trust to fly the plane. I confidently drive my car even though I’m clueless as to the intricate mechanical, electrical, and digital details of how it works. I’m comfortable in my own skin even though I don’t understand much at all how any part of my body works. Even as I think about how little I know about my own body, I’m reminded that I don’t even know how my brain works that allows me to think at all!
There’s so much of life that’s beyond my comprehension, and yet I go blithely on my way, accepting and trusting all along the way. Why then, when it comes to God, am I tempted to use a different standard?
If all of my questions about God can’t be answered to my satisfaction, is that reason enough to call into question His very existence? Really? Who do I think I am?
Actually, it shouldn’t bother me that there’s so much about God that I don’t understand and can’t comprehend. What kind of God would He be if I could fully understand Him? Theologians have a fancy word for what we’re grappling with here, that God is incomprehensible.
This doesn’t mean I can’t know anything about God, it just means I can’t know everything about God. He’s beyond fully finding out! Yes, like most everything else, the more I learn about God the more I learn I don’t know about God, and that’s okay.
I’m going to continue to drive my car, fly commercially, and be at home in a body of which I understand so little. I gave up on golf, but I’m not giving up on God. I’ll continue my pursuit of a deeper relationship with God who is way beyond my full understanding!
“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” Romans 11:33