The Simplicity of Complex Truth


“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!” Romans 11:33 ESV 


I’ll be honest, sisters: I am an overthinker, and what I don’t understand often bothers me. While it is enriching to think deeply on the things of God, we must remember that our lack of fully understanding the truth of something doesn’t change the truth about it. 

Think back to a math problem that was hard to figure out. Did the fact that you could not figure out how the problem worked change the solution? Of course not! Does the fact that we may not fully understand a truth about our great God or His infallible Word change that it is truth still? Indeed not. Let God be true and every man a liar (Romans 3:4). 

Take the Gospel in its simplicity, yet complexity. A child can understand it’s message, and yet the depths of it is beyond the understanding of the greatest Theologian. The truth of the Gospel is not dependent on your understanding of it. The Gospel is not the power of our understanding unto salvation, but the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16).

We are to grow in the knowledge of God, the truth of the Bible, and our new identity in Christ. We can only do this through the Holy Scriptures. When we come to a truth we are having trouble understanding, or wrestling with, we are not to succumb to our failure to understand or think we know ‘enough’ to get by. We must ask the Holy Spirit, Who illuminates, for wisdom to know Him (James 1:5).

We will never arrive at the full understanding of God. Even in eternity we will still be learning of Him. But this is not an excuse to stop learning of Him now. Don’t make the mistake of believing you have arrived. Remain teachable. Remain humble. Strive to chase after God in learning of Him. For this is your purpose, and meaning in life – to know Him and make Him known. (John 17:3) 


Lord God, there is so much of You that we do not know. But what You want us to know, You have given it to us in Your Word. For the things You have shown us of Who You are, thank You. For the things we do not understand, humble our hearts and give us childlike faith to take You at Your Word. For it, and You, are good and trustworthy! In Jesus’ name, we pray, amen! 

Your turn:

Have you ever come across something in God’s Word that has left you puzzled, or fearful? Don’t stop there! Seek the Lord in prayer and with a humble heart and ask Him to bring you deeper into the knowledge of Him and His glorious ways!