It’s Saturday evening, so I hope you are preparing your heart to worship the boundless God, tomorrow, in the gathering of your church family. Understanding God as being without bounds should fill our worship with a measure of awe.
“Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know? The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea” (Job 11:7-9). We have a greater chance of holding the stars in the palm of our hand, measuring the mountains on a scale, gathering the oceans in a thimble, and balancing the world’s skyscrapers on a needle than we do of finding out “the Almighty unto perfection.” His perfection is higher than heaven, deeper than hell, longer than the earth, and broader than the sea. Heaven is high but limited; hell is deep but restricted; the earth is long but contained; and the sea is broad but confined. God alone is unlimited, unrestricted, uncontained, and unconfined….There is no proportion between this boundless God and our bound intellect, between the limitless God and our limited mind, between this infinite God and our finite understanding. Those who hear Him most clearly hear by a faint whisper. Those who see Him most fully see but a small glimmer. Those who understand most about Him understand nothing in comparison to what there is to be known. God does “marvelous things without number” (Job 5:9). Can we “find out” God? We’re like small children standing on the beach, trying in vain to hold the ocean in a bucket.
[J. Stephen Yuille, in the Preface to The Blessed and Boundless God by George Swinnock]