It was so hard for her to grasp, much less believe. Although Manoah’s wife had not been able to have children, the angel of the LORD appeared and promised that she would have a son. When she told her husband, he prayed for another visit from the heavenly messenger. When the angel appeared, Manoah wanted some proof of identity.
And Manoah said to the angel of the LORD, “What is your name, so that, when your words come true, we may honor you?” And the angel of the LORD said to him, “Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?”
The word translated “wonderful” is the Hebrew word, peli. It describes something that is extraordinary, marvelous, miraculous, incomprehensible. God said through the prophet Isaiah, “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). After describing God’s sovereignty in Romans 9-11, Paul broke into wonder and praise, “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” (Romans 11:33 NIV).
We cannot fit God into our human minds. While he provides us everything we need to know about him, it is impossible for us to grasp the thoughts and actions of the all-knowing, all-powerful, omnipresent, eternal Creator. Humbly accepting that God is incomprehensible is the first step of faith.
- Thank God for his incomprehensibility. Thank him for his perfect ways even when they are beyond our human understanding.
- Pray for the person you know who says they will trust God when they can understand God (a statement of pride). Ask God to humble their heart so they can acknowledge their need for him.
I acknowledge that you are beyond understanding. Your thoughts are not my thoughts and your ways are not always according to my plans. Your judgments are unsearchable. Your paths for me are outside the box. So, I humbly confess that you are God, and I am not. Help me trust you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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