... a weekly letter of encouragement.
August 16, 1993
Why do we feel that we are owed an explanation for everything?
In exacting an explanation from God, faith is no longer required, and the mystery and mystique of life is sanitized out. How terribly boring...and presumptuous!
THE FACT IS, GOD OWES US NO EXPLANATIONS. For example:
How do you explain the fact that John the Baptist and Peter are imprisoned for sharing their faith. John is executed and Peter is miraculously released?
How do you explain the fact that the people of faith cited in Hebrews 11:
- Conquered kingdoms, shut the mouths of lions, and escaped the sword?
- While others were stoned, sawn in two, and left destitute?
You don't. And God often chooses to give us no explanations.
Several great men in the Scriptures accepted the mystery of God's ways:
SOLOMON: "Just as you do not know the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God..." (Ecclesiastes 11:5)
ISAIAH: "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways...for as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8, 9)
PAUL: "How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord...?" (Romans 11:33, 34)
This side of eternity, our perspective and attitude should be thus:
"At present we are men looking at puzzling reflections in a mirror. The time will come when we shall see reality whole and face to face! At present all I know is a little fraction of the truth, but the time will come when I shall know it as fully as God now knows me." (I Corinthians 13:12 Phillips Translation)
Have a great week!
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