God came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens and his praise filled the earth. His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from his hand, where his power was hidden. Plague went before him; pestilence followed his steps. He stood, and shook the earth; he looked, and made the nations tremble. The ancient mountains crumbled and the age-old hills collapsed. His ways are eternal. Habakkuk 3:3-5
(FYI: According to the Jewish Encyclopedia, Teman was originally the name of a tribe and then of a district of the Edomites. The Temanites were famed for their wisdom. And Moses repeated the Law to the Israelites "between Paran and Tophel" (Deuteronomy 1:1). Teman speaks to his Wisdom, and Paran speaks to his glory.)
Everything about these verses acknowledge the awe and inspiration of an Almighty God. Nothing we can fathom compares. Habakkuk speaks in terms that he understood. For instance:
- How do you describe the nuances and color splashes of a sunrise or a sunset to someone who is not there with you?
- How do you describe the Northern Lights to someone who has never seen snow or experienced zero degrees temperatures?
- How can you comprehend a million galaxies when the Milky Way is beyond our current understanding?
- How is it possible to count the thoughts that God has about you (Ps. 139:17)?
Answer: you can't.
We get but a glimpse of God's power and majesty. For now.