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Evelyn Underhill Quote: “If God were small enough to be understood ...

It is hard to grasp all who God is with our small human minds. We can’t comprehend that the Lord can hear the prayers of a billion people all at the same time. This is as easy for Him as it is for us to breath. We tend to think that God is somehow limited even though we know, in an academic sense, God is not. It is difficult to comprehend that God always was and always will be. We humans have a beginning, middle and end when it comes to life, but God is not like us.

The God of the Bible is the opposite of small and manageable. He is big. He is not just big; he is bigger than big. He is bigger than all the words we use to say “big.” He defies our abilities to categorize or describe Him.

It takes a God like that to sustain our faith, ignite our passions and give us the confidence that we need to face suffering and the hardships of the world. It’s like the British philosopher Evelyn Underhill famously said, “If God were small enough to be understood, He would not be big enough to be worshiped.”

God was revealing His power to the people as Moses brought them out of Egypt. Through His actions, God was revealing His power, mercy, and grace. I believe their view of God changed over time as God revealed Himself.  Ex. 19:21 Then the Lord told Moses, “Go back down and warn the people not to break through the boundaries to see the Lord, or they will die. 22 Even the priests who regularly come near to the Lord must purify themselves so that the Lord does not break out and destroy them.” 23 “But Lord,” Moses protested, “the people cannot come up to Mount Sinai. You already warned us. You told me, ‘Mark off a boundary all around the mountain to set it apart as holy.’ ” 24 But the Lord said, “Go down and bring Aaron back up with you. In the meantime, do not let the priests or the people break through to approach the Lord, or he will break out and destroy them.” 25 So Moses went down to the people and told them what the Lord had said. [1]

Too often in my own life, I, like the Hebrew people in Exodus, think God is too small. I think this is due to our human nature and our limited understanding.

How do I grow in my understanding of God? How can I put this new understanding into practice? I don’t think God makes things so complicated for us we can’t get there from here. Here are some of my thoughts that have helped me and maybe they will help you also.

Pray and ask God to give you insight and revelation of who He is. Take a walk in nature and meditate on a small passage of Scripture. I call this just taking a bite or a taste.

After you have done this, write down what God has revealed to you. Try this once a day for a week and I believe you will be amazed how God will stretch your understanding of who He is.

Rev. 3:20 “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. [2]

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[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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