Commentary By: Gordon King
“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!”
Before I was born again I didn’t know anything about God, not really, I mean I knew that He was a supreme being somewhere out there in heaven, I knew that He was the Creator, that He was sovereign over the universe, and even though I didn’t grow up in a household practicing Christian faith (very little at best) I was taught to pray at an early age, nothing fancy just a simple prayer.
“Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, If I should die before I ‘wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.“
That is not even the entire prayer the way it was written but that’s the only part I was taught to pray. It’s not really a positive thing for a small child to think that he or she may die during the night now that I think about it, but that is the only prayer I ever remember praying as a child. But I do remember thinking about God, and I remember laying in bed at night in the darkness, I remember having a sense of God looking over me.
Perhaps that prayer should have been written another way like: “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, and if I live before I die, I pray the Lord my soul to take”. This would seem much more appropriate for the saved!
Once I was born again in my later teen years I began to learn more about God, about who He is, about His ways, about His thoughts. I knew that I still didn’t know that much about God but I wanted to learn and know more!
As I grew in the faith I felt like I knew a lot about God and His ways, and I did know much more than I ever had before, but I felt like I knew just about all there was to know about God. If we are truthful with ourselves how many of us have felt the same way?
I was a prodigal son for many years, always believing in God, always knowing that I had been saved at one time, but not really knowing if I was still saved. During these years I didn’t learn much of anything about God, however I did see the hand of God in my life. I came back to God several times then wandered away again, learning and growing then stopping. It wasn’t until I was completely broken, humbled to the point of complete collapse then I began to really grow in the knowledge of the Lord! This is the time that my faith and my knowledge of God grew very quickly and with great intensity.
I was given a hunger and a thirst for God that I never knew before, even more so than when I was first saved. I searched the scriptures for the truth, I became a Berean for the faith, and I soaked up as much truth as I possibly could in a short amount of time. I continue to search the scriptures, to seek the truth, to know more about God, however to be honest with you it doesn’t seem quite as intense as it was when I was completely broken down.
On a side note, I try to love God with all of my heart, to seek Him in all things, to walk in His footsteps. But at times I find myself in a battle, in a struggle against the flesh and the spirit. This makes me feel like I am loosing instead of winning, that I am headed in the wrong direction, and at times has placed doubts in my mind about who I am as a child of God, although I now know different and stand firm in my faith and upon God’s word.
What I have learned is that if we are truly born again then we will have struggles in this life, we will battle against the flesh and the spirit. This does not mean that we are falling, it does not mean that we are not strong in the faith, on the contrary! What it does mean is that we are saved, that we truly are born again. It is when we do not struggle, when we give in to temptations and do not feel guilt and remorse, when we are not repentant that we should worry about the direction we are headed in. All of us as believers in Jesus Christ will struggle, we will battle the flesh, and we will all be tempted just as Christ Himself was tempted! Even the apostle Paul struggled between the flesh and the spirit, even Paul gave into temptations, for he himself said that the good that he wills to do (from the spirit) he does not do, and the evil (from the flesh) he practices.
“For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.“
We all still have sin within ourselves, we were born into sin, of the flesh, and the things of the flesh are evil.
Why do I bring these things up at this time? Because we can lose our faith when we sin, we can be distracted by the world, by the sin in our lives if we allow ourselves to. We can listen to the flesh and / or satanic influence which will place doubts in our minds and distance us from God. And when we distance ourselves from God then we learn less and less about God, we gain less knowledge of God and who He really is. Just remember that no one is perfect except Christ, not one of us has been perfected yet, not in this life time. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, we all still sin, we still have that old sin nature within us! If anyone tells you different it is a lie! Yet even so God still loves us, we are still saved, still forgiven, still blessed.
Getting back to learning more about God. As we learn more about God then we believe that we have less to learn about God, at least this was the case for me. I thought that I learned just about all there was to know about God at one point in time, but this couldn’t be further from the truth! In fact, the more that I learn about God the more that I know I have to learn about God. The more truth and knowledge that I obtain the more I know I need to obtain. It is a very humbling experience to say the least. As I learn more about God, then I can see that the knowledge of God is infinite, I will never know all that there is to know about God and His ways, about why He is who He is and does all of the things that He does!
At times I feel like I don’t really know God very well considering all that there is to know about Him. I feel like who am I to talk about God when I know so little about Him? It makes me feel less and less, as if I am not worthy to talk about God. But I suppose in the scheme of things this is how I should feel, less of me and more of Him! After-all, it’s not about me it’s all about Him. It’s about learning more about God and His ways, not about me and my ways. It’s about building and furthering a relationship with God, a relationship which will last for eternity!
There may be many believers who think that they know just about all there is to know about God. But the more you think that you know about God the more you will find that you don’t know about God. Sounds sort of confusing but it makes perfect sense. As we gain more knowledge, wisdom, and understanding of God then we come to realize that there is so much more to God then we could ever in this life time know about God! This should bring us to humble ourselves before the Lord, to worship Him with all reverence, awe, and thanksgiving!
Trials, tribulations, troubles in our lives can do one of two things, they can drive us away from God or they can bring us to our knees at the feet of God! And if we are broken to the point of falling on our face in humility before God then we will experience more of God, of the knowledge of God, of God’s wisdom and grace. We don’t have to wait until we are completely broken to come to God (but as a prodigal child this is often the case), and as believers in Jesus Christ we shouldn’t. We should come to God in all things at all times! Always learning, always growing in the Lord, in our faith of God, in our relationship with God.
God often uses trials and tribulations to bring people to Himself, He uses tragedy for the sake of good. He brings unbelievers to repentance through tribulation, He refines believers through trials, and He strengthens and tests our faith through fire. Through trials and tribulations is when we learn the most about God, these are the times when God leads us to Himself, when He shares with us more of Himself!
The depth of God and His word is unfathomable! It is never-ending, His bounds are limitless for He has no bounds. The knowledge of the Lord is something that all believers must strive to achieve, never coming to the full knowledge of God, but always seeking to know more! And when you feel that you have learned almost all there is to know about God then keep searching and you will find that there is so much more about God than you ever imagined!
The more that I learn about God the more that I learn that there is so much more to know about God. The more that I learn about God the closer I get to God, and the more humble I become. Sharing God’s word is a humbling experience, one which should not be taken lightly. I do my best to allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide me in sharing God’s word, not of my own interests, not of my own doing, but by the word of God. And as I grow in the knowledge of the Lord I see things more and more from a heavenly perspective, things become more clear, and scriptures have more meaning, the depths of which will never be fully known.
Never stop learning about God and His ways, for they are endless!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!