Unboxing God – Sum and Substance
Key Bible Verse: He lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach him. No one has ever seen him, nor ever will. – 1 Timothy 6:16
Bonus Reading: Acts 17:22-31
How could anyone possibly know the One who animates galaxies and energizes each atom? Who are we to think we can comprehend a trillionth of this incredible power? God is, in Anselm’s words, “That than which no greater can be conceived.”
As a youngster, I attended Bethel Congregational Church, where in every worship service, Mr. Blakeslee, the organist, sat front and center behind a soft burgundy curtain. I could glimpse only the back of his bald head. Somehow with my small eyes and ears watching and listening each week, I came to connect Mr. Blakeslee with God. God played unseen music with hidden hands and a mysterious face. Was he smiling or scowling? I had no clue. If I had chanced a guess based on the music, he’d be minor-chord prone, majestic, gloomy, and loud.
For many of us who’ve carried similar images into adulthood, God remains inscrutable and distant. Is a grin playing on the lips, a tear moving, a glint of anger flashing? We try to discern the face of the player by the music, but all we know is the back of a bald head. We’re also curious: What is this musician like away from the instrument and the score? Gentle? Petty? Vindictive? Fun-loving?
—Chris Blake in Searching for a God to Love
My Response: The mental picture I have of God is …
Adapted from Searching for a God to Love (Word, 2000)
Prayer for the Week: Although You are beyond my comprehension, Lord, I long to know You better. Give me a closer glimpse of Your glory.