THE INCOMPREHENSIBLE GOD FOR INCOMPREHENSIBLE PROBLEMS

When we try to imagine what God is like, we will always create an image that we can understand. This creation of our imagination is far below the reality of God. In fact, it may be that one reason God forbade the creation of images to represent him for worship is that God is, in reality, far greater than anything we can imagine. Instead of trying to imagine what God is like, we should be overwhelmed with the reality that we can’t understand what God is like. 

Even though God is incomprehensible, he has revealed some things about his nature. These descriptions of divine perfections paint a picture of God’s amazing incomprehensible nature. In the midst of suffering, Job helps us understand that God is incomprehensible. God truly is “infinite in being and perfection.” Notice how God is described in Job. Job 11:7 says, “Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?” In Job 11:8-9 we read, “It is as high as heaven, what canst thou do? deeper than hell, what canst thou know? The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.” Then in Job 26:14 we read, “Lo, these are parts of his ways; but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?”[1]

God is greater than we can imagine. When we try to imagine him, we rob ourselves of the opportunity to be overwhelmed with his incomprehensible glory. This incomprehensible God was presented to Job’s readers as the place to turn when we are overwhelmed with problems. Job certainly understood problems. He suddenly lost his family, wealth, and health and had no idea why these things happened. Job never received an explanation as to why he suffered this way. Instead, God was reminded to trust God who is beyond our comprehension. Just as we look away from a shot to deal with the pain, we can be overwhelmed with God’s glory


[1] Confession of Faith

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