Settling for an Insufficient God

I suggest we should not settle for an insufficient God, or relationship with God. It is easy to do and given our natural leaning toward laziness,… uh, efficiency, we too often do.

God is God. Dr. Marva Dawn, a professor at Regent College in Vancouver captured it well: “God wouldn’t be God if we could always understand Him.” Allow God to be mysterious. Let the Bible leave you a little baffled sometimes. It is okay not knowing everything.

That attitude forces us to accept our own limitations, and the limitations of others. If you assembled all the knowledge of God from all those who have known Him through all history, it would still be like a single grain of sand amidst the Arabian deserts. God is infinite. Trying to understand Him and his ways can be complex, time-consuming, and sometimes downright confounding.

Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to love God and the second is like it: to love our neighbors as ourselves (Luke 10:27). In fact, He said that sums up the ethical demands of our faith.

When we decide we have things figured out, we make law. Jesus said living by the letter of law is the wrong way. We are to live by the Spirit in a dynamic, moment-by-moment walk with God. When we think we know something, we become proud. God resists the proud (James 4:6), so we actually know far less than the little we thought we knew.

When we make law, we reduce God to our understanding. We put Him in a box that we can control. We make Him a lesser, insufficient God. We need to let God be God, in many ways beyond our grasp and reasoning. Otherwise, He is no god at all.

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