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Job 11:7 – Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? (NIV)
When I was growing up, one of my favourite television programs was called The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau. I marvelled at the voyages of this famous deep sea diver, who travelled the oceans on his ship The Calypso. Each week, he brought a new discovery about the sea into my world, and I once longed to sign up and sail as one of his fortunate crew.
Cousteau was also one of the first true environmentalists I had ever encountered. As well as shooting beautiful videos of the myriads of undersea life, he also pointed out the ways in which human beings were polluting the great oceans, damaging the coral reefs, and hunting whales into extinction. It was sad to see all of this beauty and wonder being battered and wasted by the greed, carelessness, and ignorance of humankind. Cousteau delighted in opening up the mysteries of the undersea world to everyone, but he was also often dismayed about how we mistreated it.
The Bible tells us that the mysteries of God are fathomless and that we cannot probe the limits of the Almighty. Preachers, teachers, doctors, and professors of faith, religion, and theology may explore the depths of God on behalf of our people, but even they are just skimming the surface; even they don't know everything.
Each time The Calypso started a new voyage, Captain Cousteau would take bearings and let his viewers know where he was headed and how to get there. In Jesus, we have the same kind of Skipper, but He is one who knows all about the deep mysteries of God and He is willing to lead us there. He is the way to the eternal life that we seek, and He gives us more knowledge about God, for He is God's only Son, the Christ whom the Father has sent.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, life surprises and confuses us at times. We know that we can't know everything, but help us to focus what little time we have on earth to know more about You, to learn more about God, to serve, and to share You more each day of our lives. In Your holy name, we pray. Amen.