There is a simplicity to God. He is love. We love Him because He first loved us. He is forgiveness and Christ taught us to forgive. He is mercy and Christ taught us to be merciful.
There is a complexity to God. There are heavenly realms that try as we might they are difficult to understand. There are teachings in the Bible that we mere mortals have used to separate ourselves from each other instead of unite under the banner of Christ; giving ourselves denominations to separate our interpretations of the teachings of the Bible from another believer's interpretations of the teachings of the Bible.
There is a simple complexity to God. One I am embracing. One I am loving. One I am constantly pondering. A simple complexity that in life can not be separated into simple or complex on it's own; it is a symbiotic relationship.
His simple complexity is all around. It is not limited to only a few topics, but to give you an understanding of what I am talking about I pulled a few ideas out that I have lived through in the past:
God is. Simple. He is. Nothing I can do will ever change that. My belief in Him, my understanding of Him, my disbelief of Him before I accepted Him does not change or effect Him. God is.
God is in me. When I accepted Christ I was crucified with Him and He lives in me (Gal 2:20). I am NOT God, but He is in me. I am not Him but He is me; when you look at God you should not see Kimberly, but when you look at Kimberly, you should see God. Complex.
He Is Not Wrong:
God is not wrong. Simple. He is perfect, sinless, blameless, every choice He makes is the correct choice. This is the acceptance of the believer.
God has flooded the earth with all but Noah's family left on it (Gen 7). He has given Satan specific permission to do anything to Job as long as Satan spared Job's life (Job 2). In Judges Chapter 9 God sent an evil spirit (v. 23) in between one person and a group with the results being mass murder of the group carried out by the person and his army (vs. 42-49). God did this so that a crime could be avenged (v. 24). Jesus teaches us to not resist an evil person (Matt 5:43-48) instructing us to turn the other cheek, give them our cloak when they sue us for our tunic, and go two miles with them when they force us to go one; in some ways, keeping us in their presence longer than any of us would ever want to be there. Yet five chapters later Christ instructs His apostles to preach the message to the local Jews that the kingdom of heaven is near (10:7), but if those in the homes do not welcome the men or listen to the message, the apostles are to “shake the dust off (their) feet when (they) leave that home or town.” (10:14) This would show their separation from the Jews who didn't accept the message that the Messiah had come. God has not been wrong in any of these choices, He is perfect, sinless, and blameless. Complex.
God Makes The Small Large
In this great big world I am so small. Simple. Don't feel small? Stand in front of the ocean. Take a look at the current population: 7.125 billion people. You are but one. Try doing something on your own. It is amazing how you can feel a sense of accomplishment and failure simultaneously. “Look how much I have accomplished.... and how much I have left to do!” In this world that the Lord created by speaking it into existence, I am a small, tiny, seemingly insignificant part of it, right?
I am a saint (1 Cor 1:2). I am a child of God (1 John 3:2). Christ died for me (John 3:16). My sins are forgiven; not just forgiven, but cleansed. I AM CLEAN (1 John 1:9). God is with me, everywhere. He doesn't leave me, He will never forsake me, He will not abandon me, He is with me (Deut 31:8). I am small without the Lord, but because I have accepted Christ, He makes me larger than my brain can fathom. Complex.
I can separate the simple and complex to look at it, to ponder it, to admire it, to Praise God in who He is; but the simple complexity of God's truth is woven together in life. I walk it. I live it. I am in awe of it. Sometimes I am comforted by it, other times I am struck dumb by it. I find it very interesting that when God is leading me through the complex part of who He is, He leads me to rest in His simplicity through my worship and prayer life. I am drawn to worship songs like “Give me Jesus” and “Jesus Loves Me.” My prayers become very simple: simple words, simple conversations, child like love, child like emotions to my Father. In contrast, when times with God feel simple my worship and prayer life take on a complexity. I am drawn to songs that are laden with scripture. My private prayers can take on an intensity where God journeys though every thought I have; dissecting my past, present and future with me, building a maturity in me I never knew I would love so much. I encourage you to look around for God's simple complexity. You may have already identified it long before reading this. For you , what I speak of is nothing knew. For you, you have simply been nodding along to this blog, giving glory to God and who He is. For others this blog may have put words to thoughts you have been having for a while. There are some of you that have recognized simple complexity but haven't known what to call it. Maybe some of you have a different name for it (if you do, could you tell me what it is in the comments? I would love to know! I've called it simple complexity for ten years now because I have had no other words for it. I would love to know what you all call it.) And for some of you this is entirely new. My prayer, my hope, is that when we as God's children encounter a complex part of God it is His love for us that carries us forward because forward is the direction we walk with Him.
Give Me Jesus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rZ8k9m2hwo