None Like Him
I’ve been a follower of Christ my whole life. And yet I am still learning – learning more about God and more about myself.
I’ve recently started reading a book by Jen Wilkin called ‘None Like Him: 10 Ways God is Different From Us (and why that’s a good thing)’. I’ve only read one chapter so far but I’ve learnt such a lot already, and I can’t wait to read more.
The first chapter explores the notion that God is Infinite. Jen writes, “Any discussion of how God is not like us must begin with an acknowledgment that we are measurable and His is not. God is infinite, unbound by limits. He defies measurement of any kind. His limitlessness underlies all of His attributes; His power, knowledge, love and mercy are not merely great, but they are infinitely so, immeasurably so. No one can place any aspect of who God is on a scale or against a yardstick.”
The infinite and immeasurable nature of God is revealed all throughout the Bible.
Romans 11:33: “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways.”
Isaiah 40:28: “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable.”
Psalm 113:4-6: “The Lord is high above all nations; His glory is above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God, Who is enthroned on high, Who humbles Himself to behold the things that are in heaven and in the earth?”
Psalm 147:5: “Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite…”
Ephesians 3:8: “To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ…”
Lamentations 3:23-24: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Even looking at this small collection of verses we see God’s immeasurable nature displayed across a number of His attributes – His riches, wisdom, knowledge, judgements, ways, understanding, glory, greatness, love and mercy.
So why is it a ‘good thing’ that God is infinite and we are not? Jen answers, “Our limits teach us the fear of the Lord. They are reminders that keep us from falsely believing that we can be like God. When I reach the limit of my strength, I worship the One whose strength never flags. When I reach the limit of my reason, I worship the One whose reason is beyond searching out.”
As I learn to accept and even embrace my limitations, I am made more aware of God’s limitlessness. And as I reflect on Him, I am left in awe and wonder that such a God should love me. I pray that you may find rest in knowing you belong to the One who is like no other.