If you’ve done much talking or teaching or preaching then you know about being misunderstood. I hate it! Well, Josh said…. No I didn’t! Josh believes… No I don’t! That’s why, more times than not, when I give a talk I try to shoot down misconceptions that might pop up. I’ll say, “Now, I don’t believe …” or “I’m not saying…”. I was even accused of being a socialist once. I was talking about community. I am not a socialist. See what I mean? You get the picture.
Well, that’s exactly what Tozer does at the beginning of his book on God. In essence He says, “God is indescribable and unknowable and we can’t define Him in outline form. Now, let me describe God in chapter 3.” I mean how in the world do you describe God? That’s not something you can do in a 25 chapter book or a couple month series or even a lifetime. It’s like trying to nail Jell-O to a wall. It ain’t happening baby! He knows that. So before he starts describing God he clears the air by saying he can’t do it. And neither can we. And it isn’t Tozer’s inadequacy. It’s God’s size and being. Heck, even when the apostle Paul, the greatest Christian mind to date, was nearing the end of his theological magnum opus he threw up his hands and said, “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!” Or as one of my mentors has said, “You can’t unscrute the unscrutable.”
But it’s awful awesome to try isn’t it? We are on a journey in this life to know God more and have a real living breathing relationship with Him. Not a definition of Him. Not some of His characteristics. See I’m doing what I described earlier aren’t I? We can’t know what He looks like. (He isn’t a blond headed blue eyed Jesus with a blue beauty pagent thing or some 80 year old grandpa with a long beard waiting to hit you). But we are striving to know Him. Really experience who He is in our lives. To think His thoughts. Feel what He feels. Love like He loves. Hate sin like He hates it. Be holy as He is holy. To drop a little more apostle Paul on you, we want to “know Him, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection of the dead.” As Christians we have the Spirit of God in our lives shaping us and little by little revealing more and more of who He is and making us more and more like Him. My little pet theory is that heaven will be an eternal journey of learning more and more and experiencing more and more of who God is. It will never end. Man that makes me shake my head. Just like this book. Just like God. So, I’ll spend my life saying, “Huh? What’s that mean?” and spend eternity saying, “Ahhhh, so that’s it!” Pretty cool.