Think about it. Would you really seek and serve the Living God if he was so weak, spineless, and mindless that you could control him?! Ick factor in full sway here. Nobody wants this...nobody. But, ironically, we all try to control the Living God rather than submit to and serve him. What's going on here? What's driving this deep contradiction in us?
Brokenness. ...You probably didn't want to hear that.
Nevertheless, that's the honest truth. We aren't what we're meant to be. I'm not. And, I'm sure you fully agree (if you're courageous enough to admit it) or else you wouldn't be seeking real union with God...the source and fount of all perfection. No need for shame here because the other side of this is quite consoling.
You see, God's divine knowledge of us is both infinite and complete knowledge of us. This makes God and God alone capable of understanding you at your depth. He sees the parts of you that are in conflict, inconsistent, weak, sinful, right alongside your goodness, dignity, beauty, and potential. He sees and knows everything about you and me in profound detail!
You have probed me, you know me:
you know when I sit and stand;
you understand my thoughts from afar.
My travels and my rest you mark;
with all my ways you are familiar.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
LORD, you know it all. ~ Psalm 139:1-4
This means that nothing you have ever thought, said or done--or ever will think, say, and do comes as a surprise to God. So, whatever the obstacles are that have kept you at a distance from him--with divine knowledge, it can be overcome.
I want you to realize that God sees you in your present condition and in your potential (what you're capable of becoming as a result of his love). And, that the Divine Heart is always ready to act in mercy-filled (aka merciful) love toward you. There is so much more I can say about this, but that would make the post too long. So, let's wrap this conversation up with this final thought and a fun exercise to try.
As the ground of all being--his is the greatest intellect, will, and power completely and infinitely beyond the control of any created being. This makes God deserving of adoration, love, and worship...all of which we naturally long to give to an uncreated and majestic Being in the first place!
Here's a simple and wonderful exercise for you to try. It's a fun way to realize and keep top-of-mind seven highly important things about the majesty (greatness) of the living God. Below are 7 things St. Thomas Aquinas taught the world about God in his infamous Summa Theologiae--which explains God's:
These seven attributes help us understand the operations of God's intellect, will, and power! In this exercise, you will simply consider each of the operations of God (intellect, will, power) together with his seven attributes.
For example, when I consider the divine intellect together with the seven attributes, I see that the intellect of God is good, perfect, infinite, ever-present, unchanging, eternal, and undivided. Seeing God truthfully in this way humbles me and causes me to adore him in his excellence and beauty!
Got it? Good!
This simple practice of seeing God truthfully can make all the difference in your daily life. It doesn't depend on your goodness, but is a fact of His.
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