Psalm: 34
Old Testament: 2 Chronicles 6:12-17
New Testament: Ephesians 3:14-21

I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:18-19)

I’m not gonna lie here……I find it incredibly ironic that this verse is coupled with the OT lection in which Solomon rhetorically asks: what house can contain God????

Insofar as I have come to understand it…..the Biblical notion of the heart/soul is that–although it is finite–our heart is limitless in what it can feel……both in terms of good, and of the evil which it can conceive. It is the centre of who we are.

It is also the centre-point at which the Word enters in. The place in which God can speak in, through, and for us. Without the heart Scripture becomes mere nice pieces of literature.

And yet, even knowing that the heart plays a central role, it is equally not something which can contain God. In fact, part of the Good News is that nothing can contain God.

Our comprehension of God’s love never takes place in a vaccum, but rather in the community and context we are placed. Traditionally, that place has been the Church; the community of the faithful. In the modern world however, I think that context can be broadened into the wider circle of social media, information technology, and post-modern critique.

Unlike any other generation before us, we can obtain a multitude of perspectives by typing a Bible verse into Google’s search engine……or enter into intense discussion by tweeting out our thoughts on theology and what is happening out there in the world.

Nothing is contained anymore…….at least not in the same way as earlier generations. The horizon has broadened even within our own spectrum of knowledge…..

Yet, we seek to place God smack-dab in the middle of rigid doctrine and logical argument…..somehow that doesn’t seem to make sense……if our understanding of the world is always fluid, shouldn’t our understanding of how God acts in the world be just as flexible???+

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