“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” – John 12:24
“The last enemy to be destroyed is death...Death is swallowed up in victory.” – 1 Corinthians 15:26, 54
"The greater the sin, the greater the mercy, the deeper the death and the brighter the rebirth.” - C. S. Lewis
"This story...has the very taste of primary truth." - J. R. R. Tolkien

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

God: Incomprehensible and Eternal

I am a huge Lord of the Rings fan, and in the book Tolkien talks a lot about Frodo’s story and Sam’s story, and how all the stories of all the characters and events are part of one great Story. I think we should look at our lives in the same way – God has written a great Story and brought it into being, and we are part of it, but only a small part. This life is not our home – we are passing through, on a journey…

“You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man's life is but a breath.” – Psalm 39:5

God’s plan of redemption for history, of taking a fallen world and bringing a greater good out of it, is so absolutely enormous and completely perfect. Everything God has made and done has a purpose and plays a part. We can only see a very little part of it all, because we are only human beings with limited minds, and because God has only revealed some of it to us. But God has given us minds and hearts to wonder at what he has done…

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world." – Psalm 19:1-4

“For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” – Romans 1:20

God has put a lot of beauty and majesty into what he has done (from the natural world to people to his gift of salvation through Christ), but think how much more beautiful and majestic the Creator himself must be! Of course we can’t yet see all that God is, only what he has shown us. Think how infinitely beyond us he is, in knowledge and power and wisdom and sovereignty.

"Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him? For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen." - Romans 11:33-36

“How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.” – Psalm 139:17-18

God truly is beyond us, and yet think of all he has done to reveal himself! The book of Ecclesiastes talks about how, without God in the picture, everything is meaningless. But if we remember God we will see how he has filled everything with meaning and purpose. Imagine what would be done for God's kingdom if we lived every moment and looked at every person and thought every thought in light of eternity!

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