In the theological realm one of the hardest things to reconcile is God's sovereignty and man's free will. How is God absolutely sovereign yet man has the ability to make choices? This is one of the hottest topics in christendom and has been for centuries. This blog post is not intended to settle the debate. In no way would I be arrogant enough to think I could settle this age old question in about 500 characters. But as I was doing a devotional through Psalms 139 yesterday it did make me think of something that relates.
After David talks about God searching and knowing him (139:1), knowing where he goes (139:2), and understanding what David will say before he speaks it (139:4) he makes a pretty obvious statement. He says, "such knowledge is too wonderful for me, it is too high, I cannot attain to it." (139:6). This is obviously talking about God's Omniscience...aka God knows everything. King David exalts God and recognizes that he, a simple man, has no ability to grasp what it is like to be God. I think we sometimes need to take the same approach. I am not saying we shouldn't think about resolving God's sovereignty and man's free will or that we shouldn't study such topics. I am saying that we need not forget that in the end we will not understand it all. God is too wonderful for us. It doesn't mean we can't understand SOME things about God it just means we should not expect to understand ALL things about Him. What sort of god would we be worshipping if we could fully understand Him?
Therefore, I have no problem affirming God's absolute sovereigty alongside man's free will while saying it is too wonderful for me to understand. Just because it goes past my comprehension level doesn't mean it goes beyong logic. I don't understand astrophysics or how gravity can bend light but that doesn't mean its illogical. God is AWESOME and His ways are sometimes...ok a lot of times...too wonderful for me.