January 12

Psalm 139:1-6

“You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways…Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.” vss. 3, 6

The psalmist didn’t think of God as some bearded old man sitting on a cloud, a figure like that Michelangelo painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. No, the Lord was bigger than that, a Being intimately acquainted with all his thoughts and desires, and the director of his destiny. But even that statement wasn’t enough to contain the reality that is God–and the psalmist had to admit that his little mind couldn’t get a handle on it. We’re pretty much in the same position. Oh, we know more about the universe and obviously science has exploded some old myths, but we still don’t have enough knowledge to even come close to describing the essence of the Ground of All Being. Sometimes, in a moment of pride, in conversations with friends, we’ll share our definition and understanding of God, but in our hearts we know that it’s all words, and not even close to the reality. That’s a humbling moment, but a healthy one, and we’re forced to go on living as best we can, following the teaching of the One we have come to know as the Light of the World, Jesus the Christ. He laid out a path of love for his followers, and we trust that in obedience to that directive we will find our own destinies. And that ultimately that’s all we need!

Thought for the Day: What is my understanding of God?

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