Choosing Gratitude Day 10 — the gift of knowing God

I was a good student in school. Literature, History, even English Grammar came pretty easily to me, and I enjoyed the subjects.

But Math, Chemistry, Biology were an entirely different story. It was tough to “make sense” of these subjects. I would read the text over and over. I would memorize. It just didn’t stick.

When we were first married, I helped Tod study for his Airframe and Powerplant Federal Aviation License. I quizzed him on jet engines, aviation regulations, and so many other things I could not begin to tell you what they meant. Tod understood it. It made no sense to me.

Have you ever stopped to consider how incomprehensible God is?

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9

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 11:34-36

I “get it” that God is beyond my understanding. I want that to be so. To be asked to put my faith in someone whom I can figure out and manipulate is terrifying. It is comforting to know that God is light years beyond my understanding.

But this is where I overflow with gratitude, because it is so unnecessary, such an extravagant gift —

God gives me the Holy Spirit so that I can Know Him.

. . .the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? so also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God . . .For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:11,12,16

This incomprehensible, majestic God of the universe has given me Himself. Not just for salvation — though salvation alone is a mercy beyond my wildest imagination! He has given the Holy Spirit so I can understand just a glimpse of His heart and His ways. His thoughts and ways are beyond my human understanding, so He gives His Spirit to help me understand.

I don’t have the language to express what a gift that is. But I am so filled with gratitude for God’s mercy and love in giving . . .

I want to know what you think!

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