Mysteries and God

Mysteries and God

Go to the self-help section of any bookstore and it’s easy to see Western society wants answers, plans, and explanations so life can be fixed now thankyouverymuch.

Mystery and imagination?  Pfffft.  Leave that to Pixar, J.J. Abrams et al please.  We’d like our lives and God to be neatly explained and easily understood.  A footnote or two is fine along with some nice diagrams, but that’s it.  No mysteries.  No imagination.  Answers and bullet points are where it’s at.

But as I have seen and am seeing, that’s not necessarily how God works.  It seems to be God’s modus operandi more often than not, actually.  And it can be frustrating.  As Chad of Randomly Chad points out in his post ‘When I Can’t “Stand” Grace’, too often it’s as though we want God’s provisions and answers before we want God Him self.  No grace for us, please, to get through the valleys of life.  Just a cushy helicopter to get us out of these tough circumstances now, thanks.

But even Zophar the Naamathite, a friend of the Job, managed to get in a good question along with his bad advice:


Do you think you can explain the mystery of God?

Do you think you can diagram God Almighty?

~Job 11:7a (The Message)


Job realized he couldn’t when God reminded him of His vastness and greatness.  And as such, it was Job who then prayed for his friends when all was said and done (Job 42:7-10).

God’s ways really aren’t our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9), but oh, how we try to squish Him into our ways and plans all the same.  But as Job came to understand, life is not always about getting answers and explanations.  Sometimes it’s about us learning to trust God when we understand Him least and to know that His grace really is the best provision for us to be holding onto.  And then we may learn to “. . . go out with joy, and be led out with peace” (Isaiah 55:12, NKJ) even without clear answers to our questions.


*Photo Credit:  Duncan~ (Creative Commons)

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