See Your Knowledge Through God’s Perspective


Pete Briscoe compares a grain of sand to the amount we know about God with the amount there is to know.

“Dear GOD,
Are you really invisible or is that just a trick?” —
Lucy (8 years old)

I love kids. I love the simplicity of their faith and the innocence in their belief. Their assumptions about God crack me up… but sometimes I honestly wonder if, as adults, our perceptions of God are really any better. 

Calvin Miller tells the story of a little girl who asked her father what God was like. Pulling her into his lap he said, 

“Think of God this way: Suppose you took all your sand in your sandbox and scooped it into a little mountain in the yard. Then suppose you went everywhere in the world and got all the sand in all the sandboxes of the world and added it to this mountain. Then, after you got all the sand in all the sandboxes, you went to all the beaches of the world and got all the sand from all those beaches and continued to add it to your mountain of sand. Then, at last suppose you went to all the deserts of the world and got all of that sand and added it to the mountain. Finally, you would have a terribly large mountain. Then, say you licked your index finger and went up and stuck it on the side of that huge mountain. When you drew your finger back, some grains would be stuck to your finger. But let us suppose that you took your other index finger and flicked away all of the grains that had stuck to your finger, except for one grain. That one grain of sand would represent what we know about God, and the mountain that is left would represent what we have yet to learn about him.” 

Calvin’s word picture is not an exaggeration. In fact, that one little grain of sand is an overstatement of the amount we know about God compared to what there is to know. Paul mentions it in his letter to the Roman church: 

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! "Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” —Romans 11:33-34

It will no doubt take an eternity to understand Him!

Dear God, I can’t hope to understand You with my limited mind. Thank You for revealing Yourself in a capacity I can comprehend, in a way that matters to my life. Thank You that I have eternity to get to understand You completely! Today, give me just one more little glimpse of who You really are. Amen.

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