Thinking About God

It is a good thing (helpful, beneficial, profitable) thing to think about God. I hope you agree with this statement. The problem with thinking about God is that God is grander than we can comprehend. The love of Christ alone “surpasses knowledge,” and God’s power can accomplish more than all that we can ask or think (Ephesians 3:19-20). Attempting to comprehend what surpasses my comprehension makes my head hurt and tempts me to not think about God.

The reality is, we all have thoughts about God. Some of our beliefs concerning God are accurate, and some are inaccurate. Some of our reflections about God are well informed, and some are not. We are all theologians (“theology” means the study or thinking about God). The question is whether we are good or bad theologians. There are plenty of bad theologians of various persuasions, beliefs, and abilities; let us decide not to be inadequate or inept theologians (God thinkers).

I do not know how much or how little Isaiah the son of Amoz had thought about God before the year that Uzziah, the king of South Judah, died. I do know that Isaiah’s thinking about God was profoundly impacted by an encounter with God in the year that king Uzziah died (Isaiah 6:1).

Isaiah states that he “saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up” (Isaiah 6:1), he heard that the LORD is “holy, holy, holy” (Isaiah 6:3), and this encounter left him undone (Isaiah 6:5). Encountering God can do this to us because God is absolutely holy. Thankfully the holy LORD does not want to leave people in an undone condition. Isaiah is purified and commissioned (Isaiah 6:7-13).

This God encounter seems to have profoundly influenced Isaiah. Isaiah refers to God as the “Holy One” twenty-nine times in the book (Isa. 1:4; 5:19, 24; 10:17, 20; 12:6; 17:7; 29:19, 23; 30:11, 12, 15; 31:1; 37:23; 40:25; 41:14, 16, 20; 43:3, 14, 15; 45:11; 47:4; 48:17; 49:7; 54:5; 55:5; 60:9, 14). Isaiah’s understanding of God was deepened, enhanced, and changed by his encounter with God.

I do not expect to have the same kind of encounter with God that Isaiah had, but that does not mean that one does not encounter God. When we open God’s Word to read and study it, we should be encountering God. When we join God’s people in worship, we should be encountering God. These God encounters should be deepening, enhancing, and changing our understanding of God. We should be thinking about God in our times of study, reflection, and worship.

It may hurt “stretching the brain,” but our understanding of our God should not be stagnant. God is too grand not to contemplate. God is too magnificent not to reflect on and about. God is too incomparable not to ponder. God is too extraordinary not to consider. Let’s commit to thinking about God and letting those thoughts draw us closer to Him in heart, mind, and life.

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