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Incomprehensible: Day 1

The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever…
Deuteronomy 29:29

I am a quote collector. While hardly in the same league as the professional speakers and writers with their carefully indexed file cabinets containing insightful phrases on every possible topic, I have my system.

For one thing, when I read a book, I underline the passages that speak to me and note the page number in the front of the book, along with a few words to help me identify it for future reference. I also have a small spiral-bound book where I write quotes I run across. (One of my favorite quotes on hospitality came from an interview with a young actor I had never heard of in a People magazine at the doctor’s office.) Finally, there is the blackboard in my kitchen where I write my grocery list and share favorite words of wisdom.

And you thought English majors didn’t know how to have fun.

I say all this because this week’s writing is inspired by probably the best quote I have heard lately. The author is St. Augustine the brilliant theologian whose writings have influenced the church since the 4th century

“If you can comprehend it, it is not God.”

These words are not only the thoughts of an exceptional mind; they are rock-solid Scriptural truth. Truth, however, that can be either uncomfortable or mind-expanding and perspective-changing. As the writer of Hebrews said:

“In fact though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truth of God’s word all over again [and again?]. You need milk, not solid food…solid food is for the mature.

With that in mind, let’s grab our knife and fork and get started.

Nancy Shirah

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