Holding the Sea in a Spoon

As we continue to study the attributes of God at our church, I am reminded over and over again that God is just way beyond comprehension. The deeper we dive, the deeper the ocean becomes. The more we learn about him, the more glimpses we catch of the great expansiveness that is our God.

Richard Baxter said it well:

From this greatness and immensity of God also your soul must reverently stay all its busy, bold inquiries, and know that God is to us, and to every creature, incomprehensible. If you could fathom or measure him, and know his greatness by a comprehensive knowledge, he were not God. A creature can comprehend nothing but a creature. You may know God, but not comprehend him; as your foot treads on the earth, but does not cover all the earth. The sea is not the sea, if you can hold it in a spoon.

Like holding the sea in a spoon. Yep, that’s about right.

And the Apostle Paul said it even better:

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. (Romans 11:33–36, ESV)

Glory to God!


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