Here’s another guest post from Tim Price…
“There is but one only, living, and true God, who is infinite in being and perfection.”
Westminster Confession of Faith 1.1
A man named Joseph Campbell, a man with whom I don’t often agree, once said something that struck me. He said “Perfection is inhuman. Human beings are not perfect. What evokes our love — and I mean love, not lust — Is the imperfection of the human being.” (The Power Of Myth)
Whatever his intentions with a statement like this are, he has observed two profound truths about us. We struggle in relating to anything other than ourselves, and we are far from perfect. We are an egocentric breed to the fullest extent. So clearly, this makes it difficult for us to relate to God because he is vastly different from us in that he is infinite in being and perfection.
Of course the good news is that the Gospel says that God relates to us. He clothed himself in our flesh and dwelt among us. (John 1:14) That may be language you’ve heard before but do we really think about the reality of that? About true omniscience, the power of the universe, relinquishing the power of the universe to come and live the life that we should be live and die the death we deserve. As the old hymn says, He came “in helpless babe.” (In Christ Alone).
The truth is that God is infinitely incredible and loving and I’m mostly just me. He became like me to do amazing things for people like me. His amazing things aren’t the things I would think to do. His big things entailed him being handed over to be murdered in silence. The omniscient creator of this entire universe has decided to make his power known to us by becoming humble. We must worship him for all that he is. Powerful and humble. Meek and Mighty. (See Phil 2:1-11)
In one of C. S. Lewis’ books in the Narnia series Lucy finds herself wrestling with Aslan, “And whether it was more like playing with a thunderstorm, or playing with a kitten, Lucy could never make up her mind.” I think it’s important that we wrestle with every bit of who God is and praise Him all the while.