Posted by Rob Swan

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

Ephesians 3:20-21

We can never fully understand God because he is the creator and we his creation. The big theological term for this is the transcendence of God. God is outside our creation because he is the only one who is infinite. For this reason, we can never fully understand God – here is what the David said in Psalm 139:6 “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.”

Both the Old and New Testaments agree with David

  • Isaiah 55:8-9 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
    • Romans 11:33 “Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!”

The amazing truth of the gospel is that although we cannot fully fathom God, we can know God fully – even though we cannot know God exhaustively, we can know true things about God and we can know him personally. John 17:3 “And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” We can also experience God in our day to day lives. God has no beginning, end, or succession of moments in his own being, and he sees all time equally vividly, yet God sees events in time and acts in time. The theological term is the imminence of God.

God is, therefore, both transcendent and imminent. Go too far on the transcendent side and we end up with a far removed and inaccessible God, go too far on the imminent side and we end up with a god limited to the sways of our world. We must keep a balance, always remembering that God is far beyond our creation and therefore can do far more then we can imagine, but also that he is not without personal knowledge and love for every single one of his creations.

Consider your prayer life, is the God you pray to both transcendent and imminent? Are your prayers filled with knowledge that God is here today with you, but also that he is able to do far greater things then we can even ask or imagine.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, please forgive me for the times that I think you are not able to help or intercede, or when I think you are uninterested. Lord, please help to know in my heart and mind that you are far more powerful then I can ever comprehend and far more loving then I could ever understand. Amen