Our Mysterious God

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God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past . . . , has in these last days spoken to us by His Son. —Hebrews 1:1-2

In today’s Scripture, we read that a mysterious and awesome visitor appeared to Manoah and his wife (Samson’s parents). When Manoah asked, “What is Your name?” the visitor didn’t answer the question directly but instead “ascended in the flame of the altar” (Judges 13:17-20). Then Manoah knew he had seen God in human form.

Who can understand such a God—the God who wrote the 3-billion-letter software code in the DNA molecule of every human cell? Who can fully comprehend the God who knows everything, even our inner thoughts? Yet many Old Testament saints knew and loved this God. They experienced the joy of His grace and forgiveness, even though they didn’t completely understand how a holy God could forgive their sins.

As Christians, we too stand in awe before the majesty and mystery of an incomprehensible God. But we have a great advantage because we see Him revealed in Jesus, who said, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). And when Jesus hung on the cross, He revealed God’s compassion and love, for He died there for us.

A mystery? Yes. But how wonderful that we can know the love of this incomprehensible God!

Herbert Vander Lugt

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
  In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
  Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
  Almighty, victorious—Thy great name we praise.


To understand God is impossible—to worship Him is imperative.

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