I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people,
to grasp how wide and long and high and deep
is the love of Christ,
and to know this love that surpasses knowledge —
that you may be filled to the measure
of all the fullness of God.
~ Ephesians 3:17-19
More often than not I find myself scratching my head over various items I discover in the scriptures. It is an age-old quandary: the more we know, the more we know that we don't know much. We see evidence of that at large, as well as between Christian worldviews/denominations. We even see it between believers with similar worldviews.
Yet, when I consider this one brief passage, the fog lifts. No reach is complete until it has a grasp on that for which it reaches.
I can search out knowledge & understanding - - and I do. I'm a staunch advocate of academia & reason. It is often a delineation between folly & wisdom. But to effectively understand God's word (and thus, His ways), liberal applications of love are vital. All the more needful if I actually hope for something apart from a slippery grip.
Whenever I have the pleasure & privilege of seeing life through the eyes of my 2 year old grandson, Kole, I marvel. He slips his little hand - often sullied by sand or mud - into mine. He grasps that he is safe with me; and trusts me to lead him (until, that is, he takes a notion to go another way). He does not yet grasp that he doesn't & can't know everything.
" ... how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ ... "
I wonder if my tone, or my intentions, or my actions would be different if I fully grasp that?
Beware lest you lose the substance
by grasping at the shadow.