Author: Jason L.
Editor: Bruce L.
This devotional was given at the RAYO #5: Trivia Night fellowship event on 4/18/20. Check out our calendar for more upcoming events!
As I was thinking about this topic, how God is knowable, yet also infinitely unknowable; I was given many wonderful suggestions: from Psalm 19 about how the heavens declare His glory to Romans 11 about the depths and riches of His knowledge, to Phillippians 4:7 about the peace of God which surpasses all understanding. These are all amazing truths that should captivate our minds and hearts and show us the incomprehensible nature of God even in what He has allowed us to comprehend. But as I thought about it more, I found myself returning to one of my favorite passages in Scripture: Psalm 8:3-4. It is a question that I have wondered about ever since my heart was changed and it has been answered over and over again, yet somehow I am always left with the question of why? Let’s look at the passage:
When I look at your heavens, the works of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?Psalm 8:3-4
This section is sandwiched between a section on God’s transcendence – how He is higher than all things and a section on God’s imminence – how he is close and personal. So if I were to split v3-4 into two, I would label v3 as the knowability of God and v4 as the unknowability of God. Yet even that would not do it justice because both display an aspect of what God has revealed to us and an aspect that our finite minds cannot understand.
But again, the baffling mystery still remains: who is man that God would be mindful of or care for him? Who am I? Who are we? For when we look upon the heavens we see that God has set everything in place: the moon and the stars, high above us, radiating a speck of God’s glory. And so it should cause us to wonder, to be in awe. The moon reflects the radiance of the sun and shines brightly in the dark night. The sun radiates an immense brightness that illuminates the environment and does not incinerate us with its intense heat. It is glorious! If the moon has its own glory and the sun its own glory, what could the glory of God be like? How awesome could it be? For we know about the moon and the sun, but there is so much more that we don’t know about it as well. But what we do know is that when we see the magnificent glory of the moon and the sun, we see a glimpse of the Creator’s magnificent glory as well.
When we look upon and understand how glorious God is, the question comes up: why would He ever decide to care for man? The moon and the stars display a portion of God’s glory for they do not rebel against God, they shine brightly as God has made them to be. They never deviate from His will. Even animals, who have no intelligence who are inferior to us, do what God has created them to do. Yet man, man is different, we do not do what we were made for. We continuously rebel against the holy God. Not a day goes by in which we do not rebel against His perfect will at least once. We are the complete opposite of what God is: He is sinless, we are sinful; He is omnipotent, we are powerless; He is omniscient, we can barely fit an ounce of knowledge in our brains in our short life span; He is gracious, we are quick to retaliate; He is loving, we are spiteful. So, why does God care for us?
Why? Out of everything He has made that does not rebel against Him, that He could choose, He chose man. As we plum the truths of the Word, we can see in Genesis that we are made in the image of God and He made us inherently different. Wow! In some way, we are made in the likeness of God. But we sin and rebel, so why? Why send His Son to die for us? So we could be Sons of God, so we could be heirs of righteousness, so we could become ambassadors for Christ, so we could become the firstfruits offered to God. That is why. It was to accomplish His will and give Himself glory.
In all of this we see much of God’s perfections: His mercy, grace, love. We can understand that God did it all for His glory, but why does it give Him glory? We know Romans 11:33 is a beautiful answer to the question that cannot be answered. It says “oh, the depths of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable His ways!” It is the answer to the question: why did God choose to specifically save us? Who is man that God cares for us? Why are we the elect and not others? Yes, we made a profession of faith with our mouths and believed in our hearts that Christ’s blood was enough to save (Romans 10:9). But we did not do this according to our sinful will, for we did not come to God first. God loved us first and saved us while we were yet sinners. He chose us before the world began for His purposes, for His glory, so we know that there is a general purpose: His glory, (Ephesians 1:3-6) but why specifically us, why do we individually bring Him glory and not someone else? We may never know until we see Him in heaven.
Who is man that God would care for us? This question brings out so many truths in which God has revealed about himself, yet it also brings out the incomprehensible nature of God! For this question can never be answered until we fully know God. While we are still on this earth, we can only see the glory and depths of His grace as if looking through a mirror, dimly through face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12) For we can only know Him in part until the day we are perfected! I can’t wait until the day when I die and come before the Lord to ask Him and be able to comprehend this question and God’s perfection! But for now, I will be encapsulated by what He has revealed to us in Scripture, because it is amazing!
1) Do we look forward to having our questions answered in heaven? What is one unanswerable question that you have that you would like God to answer when you see Him?
2) During this time, some of us have more time, some less. How have you been taking advantage of the time to know God more through His revelation of the Word? Make a plan to know God more this wee