(Elihu speaking to Job): “Surely you (Job) have spoken in my hearing, And I have heard the sound of your words, (saying): ‘I am pure, without transgression; I am innocent and there is no guilt in me.’ Behold, He (God) invents pretexts against me; He counts me as His enemy. ‘He puts my feet in the stocks; He watches all my paths.’ –Behold, let me tell you, you are not right in this, For God is greater than man.” (Job 33:8-12 NAS77)
A thought occurred to me earlier today, pretty much out of the blue. It’s basically this: If there is an invisible, spiritual/supernatural realm, distinct from the natural/physical world, why do we expect the supernatural to follow the very same “rules” as the natural world? If God and the spiritual realm are truly different, we should actually expect them to not operate the same way as the natural realm does. Therefore, we shouldn’t be surprised or even perplexed if the spiritual realm doesn’t follow laws or a logical “cause and effect” relationship like things do in the physical world.
Let’s remember that God isn’t a man, and he doesn’t have a human mind or brain like you and I do. According to the new testament scriptures in the Bible, there are three “God is ____” statements that are true: God is light, God is the Spirit, and God is love.1
I know many are struggling to see God or understand Him, especially in the midst of doubts and hardships of all kinds. I guess what I’m getting at is to remind us that God’s thoughts and ways are higher than ours, so not understanding His ways doesn’t mean He isn’t real or doesn’t care. Because He operates on a different level than our natural minds and natural world do, His ways and the ways of the spiritual world in general won’t often make sense to our natural minds and logic.
I DO believe God is good, and I DO believe His nature is love and light and spirit. Let’s get in tune with Him, learn to commune with Him “in the spirit” like John and Paul and Peter (and so many others) have, instead of wasting time waiting for the spiritual realm to conform to our natural desires and expectations (that will be a LONG wait). God doesn’t cater to OUR expectations or even OUR desires, and He never will. God simply IS, and ONLY when and to the extent that His spirit enables us to share in His mind and view, can we begin to know and understand Him. Don’t be discouraged, keep seeking and don’t be afraid of new territory – that may be where God is.
1. 1 John 1:5 , John 4:24, 1 John 4:8