The Half Has Not Been Told

vast ocean

Ezra and Arze, two brothers from deep in the hills of Kentucky, got their first look at the ocean. On the shore, Ezra stood on his tiptoes and shaded his eyes, peering into the distance. He finally said, “Golly, I never had any notion the ocean was so big. It looks like it goes on forever!” His brother replied, “And just think, we are only looking at the top of it.”

It’s the same way when we try to understand the love of God. It is incomprehensible. An account in 1 Kings 10 tells of the powerful and wealthy Queen of Sheba’s visit to Jerusalem. It illustrates the point. She came to see if the stories she had been hearing about Solomon and his kingdom could possibly be true. Upon meeting Solomon and seeing for herself she exclaimed, “However I did not believe the words until I came and saw with my own eyes; and indeed the half was not told me” (1 Kings 10:7, NKJV).

Rev. Benton Vespew Ellis’s hymn “The Love of God” is one of my favorites hymns.  It expresses more clearly than I ever could the overwhelming nature of God’s love for us:

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell
It goes beyond the highest star
And reaches to the lowest hell

Could we with ink the ocean fill
And were the skies of parchment made
Were every stalk on earth a quill
And every man a scribe by trade
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry
Nor could the scroll contain the whole
Though stretched from sky to sky

At times I feel a little like Ezra and Arze must have felt as they gazed at the ocean. I simply cannot comprehend His great love. But this I know: “… God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8, NKJV). The more I experience God’s love, the more I want to say, “The half has not been told.”

~ Brother Roy

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