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.
— Frederick Lehman
 

Eleven. The number that isn’t included in the “scale of 1 to 10”, yet to most people still remains a valid option; the option that there’s something better than the best thing possible. It’s an excitement or feeling that can only be expressed through the imagination because it is almost too hard for you to grasp, yourself. It’s not just a fraction more, it’s simply the acknowledgement that this thing is outside whatever you’re trying to measure it with.

To me, that number represents God. He is something that I can’t even begin to describe; he can’t be measured or confined to a scale. I don’t know everything there is to know about him—all I know is that he is better than I can possibly imagine, he’s greater than 10/10, he’s more than 100%—He is infinite, and so is his love for us.

One of my favorite quotes from Pastor Bill Johnson is this, “We don't have the capacity to exaggerate God's goodness. We can distort it, or even misrepresent it, but we can never exaggerate it.”

Eleven, when used to describe God is not an exaggeration. We will never be able to know all there is to know about him, but that doesn’t mean we should stop searching for more of him, in fact, we should be seeking out more of who he is with every day of our lives.

It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.
— Proverbs 25:2 (ESV)

 

We have an inexhaustible God who longs to reveal himself to us and the more we seek his mysteries, the more we discover about him—drawing us closer to him and deepening our love for him.

On this 11 th day of Christmas, my prayer is Paul’s prayer the Church in Ephesians 1.

"For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all."

Allow God to exceed your expectations. He will. Just let him.

Written by Caleb Trimm