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Almighty God, the Creator of all, the King of the Universe, the One who rules with power is so far beyond our comprehension or imagination. For us to imagine God or describe God is impossible; He is indescribable. Our minds cannot fully know His infinitude. Trying to capture the essence of God in words will always fall short of His glory and, therefore, we are only creating idols.
So what is God like? He isn't like anything; He is unique, He is Holy, He is set apart. We cannot wrap our minds around the essence and the Glory of God.
This is hard for us to accept; it makes us feel small, it makes us feel weak. A God that we cannot comprehend is scary but then, God is scary. In C.S. Lewis' classic, "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe" the Lion Aslan is the "God figure." When the children are about to meet Aslan they are frightened of this huge animal and ask, "Is he -- quite safe?" To which Mr. Beaver responds, "Safe? Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you."
Over and over again through the scriptures we are reminded to fear the Lord but we are also reminded that He is good. We should fear the Lord for there is nothing we can do outside the weight of His eternal power.
It is much easier for us to think about a God that we can control, a God we can manage. It is much easier for us to think of God in human terms. Ultimately we want to be in control, but if God does exist, then we are not in control. Once we make the claim, "There is a God," we admit, "I am not in control."
We don't decide what we know of Him, He decides what we know of Him, and in his mercy, He has revealed some of Himself to us. We can't completely know God -- that is impossible, but we can know Him to the measure He has seen fit.
I pray that we as a community would be aware of God's majesty and might and freely submit to Him. I also pray that we would come joyfully, humbly, and gratefully to His revealed word. As we read, I pray we would ask the question, "God who are you?" Let us be a people that really know the Lord, not as we want Him to be, or as we think He is, but as He has revealed Himself to be. So that He may be glorified in all things here. Amen.
Jason Dees is senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Covington. He can be reached at 770-786-9031 or www.firstbaptistcovington.com or www.facebook.com/jasondees.