Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
John 14:9, NIV*
Have you heard the anecdote about three blind people encountering an elephant for the first time? The one, touching the trunk, said the creature was skinny, long and floppy. The one at the elephant’s side insisted it was huge, while the third one stood at the patient animal’s foreleg and thought maybe it was a tree.
God is so much bigger than we can comprehend, and the silly story illustrates the danger of insisting we know all about Him based on what we’ve personally encountered. We have the Bible to teach us about Him, but we need to be careful to read all of it instead of focusing on what we “get” or on what makes us feel good.
And we have Jesus, who reveals the Father’s character. That makes the four Gospels extra valuable for study.
Majestic and holy God, the better we know You the more we can trust You. And the more our spirits will surrender to You in worship. You alone are holy, all-wise, our Redeemer and our Judge. You are more than we can comprehend, yet You reveal Yourself to us. Open the eyes of our hearts to the truth of who You, and help us to live lives of worship.
For a light touch on the subject, here’s Jonny Diaz‘ song “Figured Out.”
Here’s a link to the story behind the song.
*New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
It thrills me that He’s way more than our little minds can figure out, and that one day we will KNOW Him as we are known. Yes!
To know Him as we are known is way beyond what my little mind can figure out! Here and now, we know we can trust Him, and that’s enough to let us worship Him.