Sunday, May 14, 2017

but I don't see how

Today in A Year with the Church Fathers, we hear from St Hilary of Poitiers. He explains some interesting theology/philosophy of God's existence and how far beyond our ability to comprehend He is.

And it really is an interesting mental exercise to "try to imagine the limits of God" like he tells us to. But I think we can gain a great spiritual insight into our daily lives from what he says, as well.

Everything that St Hilary tells us is pointing to the fact that God is beyond our ability to understand. That doesn't just mean God Himself, but what He thinks and does, as well. No one in their wildest imagination could ever have predicted the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. It is so incredibly unlikely... so fantastically improbable... that it staggers the mind in its attempt to accept it. Only through faith can we believe that it happened.

And that brings us to our lives today. When we face an obstacle that we can't even begin to surmount, we find ourselves looking back and forth between our problem and God. We know God is bigger than our problem... but we "just don't see how" God is going to overcome it. Of course we don't. In fact, in many cases God brought us to this problem for JUST that reason. He wanted us to learn to trust HIM, and not trust that He will do what we expect to help us out. Make sense? He wants us to trust HIM. To know that, even though we don't have the first clue how He's going to do it, we know that we can trust Him to do something we can't fathom to help us overcome our difficulty.

When you face those mountains of difficulty, and they will come, keep this in mind. You can trust Him. He will make a way when there is no way. He's good at that.

God, thank You for bringing us to situations where we're forced to learn to trust You... because that's what it's all about.