“Can you search out the deep things of God?
Can you find out the limits of the Almighty?
They are higher than heaven— what can you do?
Deeper than Sheol— what can you know?” Job 11:7-8
“I just don’t get God.”
I looked at the guy. I understood his struggle. But I also knew he was never going to understand until he gave up trying to figure it out.
None of us will.
One of the prophets stated the reason clearly: we don’t think like God.
And yet, the Apostle Paul tells us, in more than one of his letters, we have the mind of Christ.
Long ago I claimed Colossians 2:2 as my guiding verse: 2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ.
I think the key is tucked in the middle of that verse: the mystery of God.
Who doesn’t love a good mystery?
I have learned there are two kinds of people when it comes to mysteries: ones who try to figure out the “who done it” as quickly as they can; and those (like me) who focus on the story and let it unfold without having to figure it out.
Living in the unfolding takes trust. And I understand how difficult it can be to trust.
At some point in my spiritual journey I heard a quote and I wrote it down in the back of my Bible. I liked it so much that I moved it to the front–it was too good to be buried in the back:
Here’s something that might help you hang in there when life is confusing and God’s way of doing things is hard to grasp: I’ve read the end of the book–and we win. Hold on!
The old gospel song says it best: we’ll understand it better, by and by.
PRAYER: God of mystery thank you for not being a God of confusion. Thank you for teaching us that even though we don’t understand what you’re doing, you’re still active, interested, and working in our lives. Keep the life of Jesus and the mind of Jesus before us so we can see you better and trust you more. Amen.