To know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Paul’s prayers are a precious thing for us. They describe the heart of a man in love with God, exuberant and joyful, passionate and full of praise. This is one of them. So what is this knowledge that can’t be known? There’s a rule for thinking about God that we should often be reminding ourselves. You have a conception of God. Whatever it is, whether an idea of His love, His person, and His greatness, you have it. Now, whatever that is, you can know this – it’s wrong. Dead wrong. Why? Because He’s still greater than that! He is greater than any conception you come up with!
This is what knowing God is like. He’s eternal in majesty, eternal in His love, eternal in His goodness. So whatever you think or imagine, it simply doesn’t go far enough. This is what Paul is experiencing and trying to describe. As you investigate it, as you try to discover what this love of our God is like, you get lost in it. It does not end. Enter all His fullness!
As you discover more about yourself, and you see ever more clearly your sin, it only increases the wonder of His love. It’s like swimming the depths of the sea or looking into the limitlessness of space. Modern telescopes tell us that He must be bigger than bigness itself. Try imagining His perfections. It’s like counting grains of sand or snowflakes. Get lost in His love. Pray to be lost in it, amazed by it, and overwhelmed with it. This is where knowing jumps past and over knowing itself! This is where worship, awe, and joy are born! It’s what we need so much today, and it’s my prayer for you and myself. And I still can’t even imagine what I’m praying for! Praise Him!