A few years ago I met every week or two with a guy in our congregation who wanted to believe in Christ, but he just couldn’t let go and follow Him. He had so many questions, and he wanted all of the answers before he had faith.
When we met, this guy would argue and debate the merits and the claims of Jesus. It was a lot easier for him to keep the argument on intellectual grounds than to face his spiritual need. He just got so lost in his personal expectations of God and his questions - “How did Jesus do that?” and the “Why does God allow that?” - that he couldn’t see the incredible, life-giving offer of Jesus, who was standing in front of him.
That Pharisees were like that. They tried to put God in their little box, and when He didn’t fit, they rejected Him, not the box. They were just sure they had God all figured out, and it made them crazy that Jesus upset their neat formula.
That’s why I love this man’s defense. He is standing in front of the religious, intellectual elite of his day, and they are questioning him: “HOW did Jesus heal you?” “WHY would He do it on the Sabbath?”
And the man says, “I don’t know how or why. I don’t understand almost anything that happened today. Really, all I know is, this morning, I couldn’t see, and now I can. I was blind and now I see.” Frankly, No intellectual argument can change that.
God doesn’t want to keep us in the dark. He gave us reason and common sense, and the more time we spend with Him the more we understand His will and His passions. But God also knows, (and we need to realize) – we will never really understand Him. He is WAY to big for us. A god that we could completely understand would be a very limited God, because we are people of very limited understanding. No, God is too big for us to fully explain or accurately predict, and we should celebrate that! Let’s celebrate the fact that He will never fit in our little, earth-made boxes. He is Creator. He is the Alpha and the Omega. He is infinitely awesome, and He deserves our Worship. When someone asks you to explain Him, follow the blind man’s example in John 9 and say, “I don’t know all of the “whys” or “hows,” but I do know this one thing: I was blind and now I see.