For I know that the LORD is great,
and that our Lord is above all gods.
Whatever the LORD pleases, he does,
in heaven and on earth,
in the seas and all deeps.
He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth,
who makes lightnings for the rain
and brings forth the wind from his storehouses.
The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
They have mouths, but do not speak;
they have eyes, but do not see;
they have ears, but do not hear,
nor is there any breath in their mouths.
Those who make them become like them,
so do all who trust in them!
We live and walk in a world of in-between. The moment we begin our pilgrimage in seeking the truth of life in Christianity one of the first things we realize is that there is a great gulf that separates us from God, an endless chasm that forbids us to touch the holy. We quickly realize that we are trapped in a world of the profane.
Even amongst Christians there’s a conscious reality in our minds about a great disconnect between the eternal and the temporal, between the infinite and the finite, between the holy and the profane. Somehow, for the most part, the God of the Bible is more about fiction than He is about fact. Somehow, the God of the Bible is more about poetry than He is about truth. Somehow, the God of the Bible is more about mere expressions of impersonal thought and feeling rather than a manifestation of what is actually real and tactile, of what reality really is.
The Reality of God
As with any other sphere of life, whether it is in medicine, engineering or science, whatever it may be, a proper apprehension of the past is a must to understand that which is at present, and that which is to come. In academics one must first study the basics before moving on to the advance concepts and theories, before which no application can be made.
It’s just a fact, the reason why societies and cultures fail is because they fail to learn from what has been, they fail to consider that which is past.
This is a vital mistake in the human heart. We come into this world not thinking about that which has gone before, things that are apart from us, things that are not dependent upon us. Our minds and hearts are bound to a small and constrained reality of self.
A foremost Jewish theologian, Abraham Heschel, talks about life in America in the 20th century. He writes that the thing that characterizes us in the 20th century is our superficiality. He says,
We have become a people who are satisfied with skimming over the surface of life, interested only with images & impressions on television; not with deep & profound truth, but with sound bytes that entertain us but don’t delay us in any serious call to reflection. We’re pragmatists; … we want to be practical and in our busy practicality we go through life blind to the very depths of the reality that is staring us in the face.
We must understand and come to grips with the absolute reality of God. Now what does that mean, absolute reality of God? It means the absolute absurdity if God is limited. It talks about the absolute irrationality of disconnecting God over areas and spheres of our life. It means that anything gained apart from a knowledge of a reality of who God is, is absolutely futile in and of itself.
The very reason why we fail to comprehend, much less submit ourselves to the God of the Bible is because we’re not even convinced that He’s real. We take His Word and His truth for granted because we fail to grasp the very essence of the God-hood of God, that He is God and that He is holy.