There’s a lot we don’t know and even more that we don’t understand. If that sounds wrong then think about this: we know our hearts beat but how many of us understand the intricate detail of how and why and what? How many fully understand the connections between the heart and lungs, the heart and brain, the heart and everything else?
4 You know what I’m going to say long before I say it.
It is true, Eternal One, that You know everything and everyone.
5 You have surrounded me on every side, behind me and before me,
and You have placed Your hand gently on my shoulder.
6 It is the most amazing feeling to know how deeply You know me, inside and out;
the realization of it is so great that I cannot comprehend it.
Some people think this makes God a master puppeteer, He knows what we think, say or do because He controls us. He determines what responses we will make and even who will be saved because He has already selected them. This started me thinking about eternity.
The Bible says God doesn’t change and that’s because time has no control, no effect on Him. When we step into eternity we won’t count time anymore. There’ll be no “three days gone already doesn’t time fly?” or “another year older”. Time is a human thing that helps us manage our days, make sense of our lives. God existed before days were measured and will exist long after they end.
The problem we have is we can’t comprehend eternity because we are constrained by time, we get older (and hopefully wiser), we grow, we wrinkle and get grey hairs, our bodies start to wear out. It’s almost impossible for us to comprehend a God who does none of those things because as soon as we start to try and explain or describe we limit Him with our words.
So God, who wants us to know Him, did something incredible. He made Himself man – fully human and subject to time just like you and me.
This is the time – there’s that word again – of year when we remember and celebrate the limitation God placed on Himself. Jesus, the man, was like you and me but how different He was too! He was so in tune with the Spirit that He was able to see beyond His mortal eyes and access the power of God to live His life through the Holy Spirit. Jesus laid aside His majesty so that we could be restored to relationship with God through His sacrifice but also so that we can live in the power of God through the Holy Spirit.
Our God is the One who knows us intimately as Psalm 139 so beautifully describes but He is also the One who loves us perfectly and who came to earth for our Salvation. This Salvation is a marvellous thing it makes us right with God and also empowers us to live holy and righteous lives, love-marked lives just like Jesus.
As we celebrate Christmas, the Incarnation take joy in a God who loved us enough to limit Himself so that we could have some comprehension of that love and so grow closer to and more like Him every day.