by Pastor Jerry Ingalls
I enjoy a good mystery.
The suspense of not knowing; of trying to figure it out; of trying to embrace the tension of multiple theories at the same time. I especially enjoy that in a good book, because you can’t rush a book. Well you can (and I do!), but that leads to those late-night reading binges. You know the ones I’m talking about, the ones that leave you unable to function properly the next morning.
But many people don’t like mystery; especially in their faith or in their Bible study!
But by definition, you can’t have true faith without embracing the reality of mystery. I would argue that mystery is good. Don’t try to unravel it, simply rest in the reality of your inability to know some things as accurately as you would like. Trust the One who knows and embrace the gift of your limits.
When I read Revelation 10 and John is writing down how God is revealing hidden things to us verse after verse, I am taking it all in. I could even say that I’m enjoying it. This is a backstage pass after all. People pay good money to get backstage passes to concerts; they go out of their way to be special enough to get access, meet famous people, and see how the inner workings of special events happen. God has given you a backstage pass by choosing John to write down what we can read in Revelation.
But, God doesn’t allow us to see everything! Listen to Revelation 10:4, “And when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven saying, ‘Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.’”
How do you handle that? Are you OK that in the midst of God pulling back the veil through John and the book of Revelation that He all of a sudden is like, “No John, don’t write that down; seal it up until later. Now is not the time for them to know that.” Are you OK with the fact that there are some things you are not allowed to know?
Personally, I love it! I embrace the reality of the mystery of God. I love that He knows and I don’t. It keeps me fully submitted, fully anticipating, and fully engaged.
Fully submitted is the life of FAITH!
Fully anticipating is the life of HOPE!
Fully engaged is the life of LOVE!
The reality of mystery leads me to stay humble and live my life with faith, hope, and love! And that is the life that God wants me to live.
How are you embracing the mysteries?
*Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.