Head and Heart

For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:9 ESV

Our God is eternal, transcendent, infinite, and all manner of awe-inspiring adjectives. But each of these still do us the simple service of describing the many facets of a wonderful fact: God is. He exists and has being in and of himself. He does not depend on anything outside of Himself, yet all of creation finds itself completely reliant upon Him.

This same God, whose thoughts and ways are as far above ours as the “heavens are higher than the earth” (Isaiah 55:9), will never be fully grasped or comprehended by the minds of men.

Dr. Elmer Towns succinctly summarized this in commenting that as “sincerely as finite man attempts to understand theology, he encounters the infinity of God — he cannot comprehend every part of its teaching.”

This does not mean, however, that He cannot be known.

He has doubly revealed Himself to us through His Word, written and incarnate, and in each of these we discover a depth that will never be fathomed or fully searched. However, God does teach us who He is by engaging both our heads and hearts through Scripture and His Son.

Men have written masterpieces and works of genius that have captivated us for hundreds of years, but they have never captured “infinity,” something that has strata of eternal, transcendent truth. A beauty of the Scripture’s truth then is its practical engaging of our minds interwoven with the infinite mystery of how he exchanges our “heart of stone” for a “heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 36:26).

The truth of His Word has been expounded and explained for thousands of years, yet it stands un-exhausted.

Author A.W. Pink described that “the most familiar passages will yield as much refreshment at the thousandth perusal as they did at the first. The Bible has been likened to a fountain of living water: the fountain is ever the same, but the water is always fresh.”

Scripture’s infinite and unfathomable nature mirrors its Author, and reveals that Jesus, the Word incarnate, is the source and life of the eternity found in the pages of Scripture. God’s Word will stand forever.

Approach Scripture with a proper sense of awe, but also, the realization that God has made Himself knowable to you.

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