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Mystery of God
"Can you solve the mysteries of God? Can you discover everything
there is to know about the Almighty?" (Job 11:7 NLT)
Perhaps you've caught a glimpse of it while standing on the rim
of the Grand Canyon, or driving down Highway 1 along the California Coastline
or standing at the foot of Niagra Falls. It is everywhere.
The grand mystery of God is everywhere you turn. It is in His creation,
in the faint sounds of conversation between lovers and in the screech of
a newborn baby's cry. If it is everywhere, why don't we experience
For some reason, we've replaced deep mystery with shallow explanations
and cliche answers. We've sacrificed knowing God for knowing about
Him...and in the final analysis we really don't know that much about Him.
Solomon wrote, "As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body
is formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God,
the Maker of all things." (Eccles. 11:5 NIV)
Whenever someone asks us a question about God, we rush to answer
it instead of pausing for a moment and embracing the mystery found in the
question. Integrity is often found in the act of questioning, not
in satiating the hunger to know God with a tidbit of information about
In addition to memorizing catechisms and studying theology, every
Christian should spend some time contemplating the grand mysteries of the
faith. How can man have free will and yet God still be in control?
If God is all powerful and loving, why does evil persist? How can God be
Father, Son and Spirit and yet be one?
For once, set aside your need to understand and spend time in
the spiritual dimension of mystery. And when you do, you will be
ready to think about the greatest mystery of them all–why would God send
His only begotten Son into the world to redeem a wicked sinner like me?
"Without question, this is the great mystery of our faith: Christ
appeared in the flesh and was shown to be righteous by the Spirit. He was
seen by angels and was announced to the nations. He was believed on in
the world and was taken up into heaven." (1 Tim. 3:16 NLT)
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