1 Corinthians 1:25 (Beyond Understanding)

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 This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength. (1 Corinthians 1:25)

Read: Ezra 1:1 – 2:70, 1 Corinthians 1:18 – 2:5, Psalm 27:7-14, Proverbs 20:22-23

Relate: “It is the duty of human understanding to understand that there are things that cannot be understood.” – Soren Kierkegaard

How can a man be God? That is a question I am asked in one form or another probably at least once a week. This here is far and away the biggest stumbling block for the Muslim to Christianity. God became a man, lived among us, died, rose again, and this somehow paves the way where we can become right with Him. I have rarely met a Muslim, when they find out I am a Christian who beats around the bush. They make a beeline right to this problem. How dare can I blaspheme God by saying He became a human and then died?

React: My response the last time I was asked it was to flip the question. Are you God’s judge? Are you the one who has the authority to tell Him what He can and cannot do? Is the God you believe in so small that He is limited in His power and ability to act in ways that are beyond our understanding?

The God I serve is not distant. He came and lived and walked among us. My God is not weak. He is not limited. He is not so small that I can fit Him into a box of my making. He is also not easily understood. Even the greatest and most logical arguments we can produce are confounded in trying to understand Him. Even the strongest systems of thought get all twisted around when we try to comprehend Him. He is far far greater than anything I can even begin to comprehend.

All I can do is live in such a way that when called before God to be judged, my words will be, “I have listened and obeyed.” Then I will find everlasting happiness. (see Quran 24:51)

Respond: 

God, I don’t always understand. It would be better to say I almost always don’t understand. I don’t understand how great and how awesome You are. I cannot comprehend how wise and how loving You are. In every way You are so far beyond what my mind can conceive. At my best I can only grasp at the reflection of shadows of Your greatness. Help me to understand that You are so far beyond my understanding. All I can do is listen and obey. Help me to do so to the best of my ability.

 

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