Who Can Know the Mind of God?


We spend our lives in the tangible world, and we place trust in what we can see, hear, taste, smell, and touch. Our senses help us to explore, comprehend, and function within our environment. We are constantly flooded with information which we process – some information is stored in our long-term memory for use at a later date, while less important information is held for briefly in our short term memory. Our brains can store an amazing amount of information, and there’s an overload of information that we dispose of daily. It is said that we humans only use 10 percent of our brains, but that is a fallacy, we actually use 100 percent of our brains everyday, but usually retain approximately 10 percent of the information we process into long term memory. Sit down around the table with a bunch of people and play a game of Trivial Pursuit, and you’ll be amazed at the amount of little bits of information that you, and the other participants, have retained. 

I know that I have forgotten more information in my lifetime than I ever retained. I can only absorb so much at one time. My level of understanding will fluctuate from subject to subject, based on my interest, and whether I believe that the information is relevant to me. I simply cannot know, and understand, everything – and neither can you. 

So when we think about God – the creator of the Universe – your Creator, how can we possibly think that we can ever know what He knows, think what He thinks, or understand what He understands? Sometimes I think it’s rather arrogant for us to think that we so easily attempt to expect that God will answer to us, or cater to us each and every moment that we want. It’s like expecting that a two-year old could understand quantum physics! I think that we all pretty much realize that the mind of a two-year old child is not advanced enough to handle complex ideas and process information in the same way that a rocket scientist can. Why then do we expect that we, in our limited knowledge and experience, can rationalize God’s mind and motives when we don’t understand, or like what’s happening in, the world around us?

God knows all, sees all, and understands all. We don’t. 

God has a plan, and we don’t know every detail about that plan. 

God is in control – we are not. 

There’s simply too many things going on that we cannot see or understand, and when we surmise that we know the mind of God then we are attempting to put God in a box. We are attempting to bring the ultimate supreme being right down to our level, and when compared to God our mind is like that of the two-year old child (or perhaps even younger) while God’s infinite. 

It amazes me that the ultimate supreme being, wants to have a relationship with me. He loves me for who I am, and He accepts every single flaw that I have. And, like a two-year child, when I have a temper tantrum God in his benevolence dismisses those tantrums simply because I don’t know any better. 

But, God doesn’t leave me in a lurch. He gently instructs me, teaches me, and moulds me to reflect more of who He wants me to be. He left me a guidebook that lets me know some of what He’s thinking through His Word. He is the way, the truth, and the light. He gently pulls me back to Him when I wander off. 

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9, ESV)


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