The Chronicles of Narnia have been a long time favorite for people of all ages. In this story, the Pevensie children are evacuated from London to the English countryside because of World War II. There they stay with Professor Digory Kirke, and in his house, they find a magical wardrobe. It is a door into another world, the wonderful world of Narnia. Full of dwarves, talking animals, and magic. Now, picture with me in your mind a huge mansion with thousands and thousands of rooms, each of them containing a magical wardrobe. Each of these wardrobes gives entrance into fantastic magical worlds full of sights and smells you never dreamed of. Then, let your imagination run a little further and imagine that each of these worlds contains mansions with magical wardrobes that give entrance into more magical lands, and on and on it would go. This is only a very unsatisfactory illustration of the vastness of God’s character and glory.
The Psalmist wrote in Psalm 145:3, “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.” Job 11:7-8 says, “Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty? It is higher than heaven—what can you do? Deeper than Sheol—what can you know?”. There is a genuine sense in which we can know God, but there is another in which we must confess that we will never comprehend him. Augustine said, “We are speaking of God. Is it any wonder if you do not comprehend? For if you comprehend, it is not God you comprehend.” This, by the way, is why heaven is not boring. Whoever told you that heaven is sitting on a cloud with a harp plucking for eternity hasn’t been reading their Bible. Heaven is the great adventure of exploring the unsearchable God in a new heaven and a new earth for the endless ages. God is a world full of wonder, and for eternity we will open up door after door and enter wardrobe after wardrobe and explore world after world of his unending magnificence.
What do you know of God now? Have you been so caught up with this world that you have forgotten he is your great adventure? Come on, get your hiking gear and let’s search out the glories of our God.
- Peter Banfe