Limited Knowledge


Sometimes people try to reason and understand all the deep truths about God.

Augustine (354-430AD) at one time was trying to understand the great doctrine of the trinity – how there is only one God, but in that God there are three persons; all are equal, yet there are not three God’s, only one.

He decided on day to go for a walk beside the sea to ponder and think about this doctrine.  As he walked, he saw a young boy with a small shell in his hand, eagerly running to the waves and dipping the shell into the water and then running to a hole he had made in the sand, and to pouring the water into the hole.

Augustine was curious to know what he was doing.  He asked the lad kindly, “What are you doing, my boy, with that water?”  Pointing to the ocean, he replied,  “I am going to put all that water in this hole.”

Augustine smiled and walked on, but a voice within him seemed to say, “You are trying to do a similar thing, thinking that you can comprehend the depths of God within the narrow limits of your human mind.”

While we may know many things about God, let us never think that we can know everything.  There are many great mysteries about God.  These we must accept by faith, even though we cannot full explain them.  In heaven we shall know much more than we do now, but even there we shall never fully know all that there is to know about God because He is so great.

“Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable.”  Psalm 145:3

“Can you by searching find out God? Can you find out the Almighty unto perfection?”  Job 11:7

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