The Gift of Mystery

I spend a lot of my time with tough questions.

 

I’ve always been curious about things that no one seems to have a confident answer for. Things like, is God really real? Is the bible reliable? Is Hell real, what is it? There are tons of other questions that every Christian runs into, and all these questions lead me to another question:

 

Why all the questions?

 

Why all the confusion? Why all the haziness? If God was really real and if he really cared, wouldn’t he make it plain and simple? It’s tempting to think that since there is any doubt at all, the gospel of Jesus can’t be true. But this confusion and these mysteries are a huge gift from God for our joy.

 

In Isaiah 55:9, a pretty popular passage, God declares that “as the heavens are higher than the earth,  so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

 

Again in Ecclesiastes 8:17 we’re told: “I saw all the work of God, that man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. However much man may toil in seeking, he will not find it out. Even though a wise man claims to know, he cannot find it out.”

 

The Bible is pretty clear that there are certain things about God and about his design for creation that we can never really know. There will always be questions. So why is that a gift?

 

Think about it this way, everyone loves a mystery novel until the mystery is solved. Once you reach the end and all the pieces come together, you close the book and put it back on the shelf. We can’t know everything about God. But we know that we can’t know everything. God could have designed us in a way to never wonder about things. He could have made our brains without curiosity and questions. But he gave us this curiosity so that we will always be curious and always be looking for the answers to the mysteries of God, because mysteries excite us and give us momentum! The mysteries are what make us keep turning to the next page.

 

He also made these mysteries somewhat unsolvable, so that we never finish the book and put it back on the shelf. If we had all the answers, the enthusiasm and excitement and suspense that we explore God with would eventually leave us, as would our joy in him. We, in our individual faiths, are constantly unfolding more of the mystery of God, seeing more of his glory all the time. If we ever found the edge of God’s glory, we would stop. But since it seems there is no edge, we keep going!

 

So it’s true. Sometimes these questions can be stressful and scary and exhausting. And the fact that there are questions in the first place can freak us out and give us lots of hesitation about our faith. But we should remember that these mysteries were given to us as a gift and we should continue forward in exploring them, knowing that God is good and he has created us to be curious. Don’t be afraid of the questions, they’re gifts!

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