The Key to Understanding
The key to understanding God is to realize that He does not play by our rules. Let me explain. You and I live in a box. The name of the box is here and now. We can only be in one place at a time. And we cannot move forward or backward in time by so much as one second. Add to this the fact that, in our reality, our history is the only possible history. The things that happened to us are the only things that could have happened to us because that’s what happened to us. What could have happened or should have happened are mere fantasies.
Now imagine a God who is not confined to our box. To Him, the term past, present and future are irrelevant because He exists in all times simultaneously. Furthermore, the laws of probability do not apply to Him. Jesus told us this in Matthew 19:26: But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible”. Actually, this is an understatement. Since God is not confined to our boundaries of space, time and probability, all things are not only possible, they’re history.
I realize this is a difficult concept for some people to understand. To fully comprehend the majesty and power of God, we not only have to think outside the box, we have to think outside a box we do not understand. We have to think outside a box that most people do not even realize exists. Let me provide an illustration in our reality.
Imagine you are God. Now you know you are not God and I know you are not God but humor me for the sake of the illustration. Take a sheet of paper. You are God and you are going to create a world. The sheet of paper is your world. It’s a blank sheet of paper. You can put whatever you want into your world. Draw a picture of a person. Congratulations. As God, you just created a human. It may not look exactly like the humans you are familiar with but it’s the best you can do with the materials you have to work with. It’s the same with God.
He created us in His image just as you created your picture in your image. You did the best you could with the materials you had to work with. So did God. But now you have a problem. You love your creation very much but how do you communicate with him? You live in a three-dimensional world. Your creation lives in a two-dimensional world. He can move up or down. He can move to the right or left. But he cannot jump off the page. His reality is a single sheet of paper. He knows nothing of your world. How do you explain it to him?
Talking does no good because you are talking from another dimension which is outside of his reality. You could write words on the paper but it would probably take more than one sheet to fully describe yourself. Now you are outside his reality again. Besides, your human on the paper may speak a different language. You could put your piece of paper in your computer printer and print out an image of yourself but it would only be as much of yourself as you could transfer to that reality. It would not come close to representing all of you.
Actually, that’s what God did. He sent us as much of Himself as He could transfer to our limited reality. There’s a lot more to God, just as there’s more to you than you could put into a picture. This is what is meant by 1 Corinthians 13:12-“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known”. To fully know God, you would have to see Him in His reality. Obviously that’s not going to happen in this lifetime.
That’s where faith comes in. Faith is so critical it is mentioned 247 times in the Bible. But what should we have faith in? Should we have faith in a book or a person? Should we have faith in an organization? These are human things, bound by the same human limitations we have already discussed. As long as we limit our faith to human things, our faith will be similarly limited. The only answer is to have faith in God.
This is not as hard as it may seem. Contrary to popular belief, God is not a naked old man sitting on a cloud ten million light years out in space. Genesis 2:7 tells us, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul”. We talk a lot about the Holy Spirit. The Greek word translated as “spirit” in the Bible in pneuma, which means a current of air or breath. The implication here is clear. We live because we have God’s breath of life (Holy Spirit) within us.
Obviously for God to breathe life into an inanimate object, there had to be more to that breath than just air. Try giving mouth to mouth resuscitation to a rock. Good luck with that. For God to give life, He had to put something of Himself into that breath. So the Holy Spirit is the breath of life, which is the part of God alive within each of us. This is how God communicates with His children. Unfortunately, like all children, we often refuse to listen.
And learning to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit within you is the key.