Jun
02

Living with the Mysteries of God

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Heavy, almost tangible sorrow, along with a sense of shock, touched many in our area this week following the death of a young man who was involved in an automobile accident. 

Questions, both spoken aloud and spoken in the heart, filled the air. 

“Why?” and/or “Why God?” 

“What about our prayers?” 

Thoughts came, “He’s too young; he had such a destiny to fulfill!” 

We often feel a strong need for answers following such tragedy. We need it to make sense, fit in a neat theological box, something, anything to give us a way to wrap our hearts and minds around tragic events.

Some experience a crisis of faith; others refuse to even look at the issue of faith during crisis. They push the questions far away. 

What is true? Has God turned a silent shoulder during such times? Is He uninvolved in our lives? Does He respond to our prayers? 

Is He offended by our questions? Do those with more faith ask fewer questions? Or do those who have a strong trust in God feel secure in sharing the depths of their heart with God,… the good, the bad, and sometimes, the ugly. 

At times, we find ourselves confronted with the mysteries of God. The things we can’t explain. The events that do not fit into a simple theological box. We know that God is love and that He is the Father of all life. We know that His original intent was for mankind to live forever. 

The sin entered the world and we find the effects in our lives, our bodies, our emotions, our minds. 

And yet, Christ has come. We’ve been redeemed. We’ve already been redeemed from the curse of sin, but we find ourselves in the place of both the “already redemption” and the “redemption which is to come”. Both are true. 

Does tragedy negate what we know to be true about God? Is He a redeemer? Is He a healer? Does He answer prayer? 

And God invites us into the mysteries. He doesn’t run from us or our questions. 

The Scripture includes many examples of those we call heroes of the faith like David and Job who asked the Father hard questions. We don’t find God condemning them when the questions are asked from a place of honest struggle. 

 On the cross, Jesus cried, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Was it okay for him to ask? 

Is there a line we can cross when our questions become sinful? 

What about Isaiah 45:9-11? Woe to him who strives with his Maker!—a worthless piece of broken pottery among other pieces equally worthless [and yet presuming to strive with his Maker]! Shall the clay say to him who fashions it, What do you think you are making? or, Your work has no handles? 10 Woe to him [who complains against his parents that they have begotten him] who says to a father, What are you begetting? or to a woman, With what are you in travail?11 Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker: Would you question Me about things to come concerning My children, and concerning the work of My hands [would you] command Me? 

Are there times when God invites us to struggle honestly with him, wrestling like Jacob did, knowing that God will win the struggle and we will be deeply affected the rest of our days, limping, marked, and yet, more set on knowing God and walking with Him? 

When God doesn’t answer our questions, where are we left in our faith?  Deuteronomy 29:29 tells us that, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God…” There are mysteries. Mysteries of God. Questions we’ll never get answered.  

We are left to choose trust… or not. 

Jesus asked a hard question. He had already asked the Father to remove the dilemma altogether (“If possible, let this cup pass from me.”) But then we find his example of trust, “Into Your hands, I commit my spirit.” 

Perhaps you are in such a season. God is not running. He is with you in the struggle. Will you commit yourself into His hands?

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