BY JAMES MACPHERSON
“… and they saw the God of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were, a paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity. The sight of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel.” (Exodus 24:10,17)
Did you note the description of God in these verses?
“… as it were …”
“… and it was like …”
“… was like …”
Moses’ ability to describe the brilliance of God is hamstrung by language. Put simply, the words to describe God do not exist.
Moses was reduced to describing God, not in actual terms but in approximations. He described God in terms with which we are familiar but even then, he repeatedly qualified the description – not fire but like a fire; not the heavens but like the heavens; not sapphire stone but sort of, kind of, similar, as it were, if you know what I mean.
This is fascinating because Moses was described as “a friend of God” and knew Him better than anyone in the Old Testament. Moreover, Moses was highly educated, having been raised in the courts of Pharaoh and so had a better vocabulary than most. And yet God was so far above and beyond human understanding that even Moses found himself lost for words when trying to describe Him.
This is the same God who prepares our path and invites us to trust Him.
- Do you think a God who cannot even be described in human terms is going to devise plans for us that are boring, sterile and vanilla?
- Do you imagine that a God who cannot even be described in human terms is planning for you to barely get by, and not much more?
- Do you consider that a God who defies language itself will be defied by your pressing circumstances?
Of course not!
The Apostle Paul wrote that God is “able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all we could ever ask, or think, or even imagine” (Ephesians 3:20). The God we serve is above and beyond anything of which we could ever conceive – and today, He invites you to walk with Him.
TODAY: TAKE ANOTHER LOOK… at what’s possible.