Beyond Imagination

The power of imagination is one of the greatest gifts that man has received from God. To see what does not exist, to think of what has never happened, to dream of what one wants to be, is something that only the human mind and intellect is capable of. Whatever progress humankind has achieved so far is primarily because of imagination and the effort to convert it into reality. If we had no imagination, we would have been no different from the other creatures that comprise the animal kingdom.

The Bible says that no one has ever seen God. (John 1:18) Blessed were those who were alive when the Son of God walked on earth in human form! They wrote down for us what they saw and heard, what Jesus did and said. So now we can imagine what God is like although we cannot see him.

In a sense, however far we may stretch our imagination, it has limits. It is not easy to step out of our rut and think differently. At some point, our imagination ends and we have to stop there. But that does not mean that we have to confine God within the finite limits of our imagination.

The Bible says that God’s grace and God’s peace are limitless. If we were to ask freely something from God, how much could we possibly ask for? Very little, but God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. (Ephesians 3:20)

Likewise the peace of God is beyond our imagination. It surpasses all our understanding. So the Bible tells us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

 

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