Knowing What We Cannot Know
You, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. —Psalm 86:1-5
Most of our anxieties arise from the fact that we've forgotten what God is like. We should remind ourselves first thing in the morning and all through the day that He is "good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love."
Grasping the reality of God's love—getting it from our heads into our hearts—is a life-long endeavor; it dawns upon us gradually and supernaturally.
Paul describes our awareness of God's love as a paradox: a "knowledge that surpasses knowledge" (Ephesians 3:19). In other words, it doesn't come to us through reason. We don't learn it from books or sermons. It’s a supernatural acquisition, a gift that God gives us through prayer.
Which is why Paul prays that we may know "the breadth and length and height and depth" of the love of Christ, a love that we cannot otherwise know.