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Devotions,  Something to Think About

Solving the Mysteries of the Universe

Okay, so the title is ambitious. I don’t really think that you and I are going to solve all of the mysteries of the universe in this article. Besides, if we know anything at all about the universe, we know she is very coy, and likes to reserve a few mysteries and keep some things to herself.

Personally, I think that there are mysteries that are unknowable this side of eternity. God doesn’t tell us everything. He wants to leave a few truths open to interpretation by faith. He has planned that we shouldn’t know everything at this stage of the great game.

This is only a good thing. Faith tells us that someday we will understand. We will put the puzzle pieces together. We will receive the enlightenment we are waiting for. We shall know as we are known. Though now we see as “through a glass, darkly, then we shall see face to face” (1 Corinthians 13:12).

Faith tells us that perhaps there are truths that would fry our circuits if they touched our fragile brains. Faith waits and trusts that God will provide the answers. He has revealed much to us already in the Bible. Since God knows everything, we have to trust that what he has revealed is, for now at least, all that we need to know.

Faith trusts that the universe makes sense, though there is a great deal that we are incapable of understanding right now. Truth is like a fine wine, only becoming palatable with age. Truth is like a delicious stew, whose flavours blend and mellow in our minds. Some things take time. Thinking takes time. Understanding can take even longer.

We are like detectives here in this world. We gather clues, amass them together, compare them, and take notes. We compare our notes with others, interview eyewitnesses, and try to make sense of things. It might seem to be just an unrelated jumble, but to the master detective, it eventually makes sense.

We hold in our minds great varieties of knowledge and great questions that arise from them. All of this simmers in our brains as we look for the answers we seek. James Bach says, “A detective must hold confusion patiently in mind, to solve the crime.” And so must we as we seek to understand the mysteries of this confusing world.

But that doesn’t mean that we can’t strive to know all that we can, and to understand all that we can of who God is and what his purposes are for this amazing universe that we live in and this remarkable life that we lead.

It is important to understand, though, that this knowledge doesn’t come in striving for it as much as it comes in stillness and waiting. It is only “in the fullness of the time” that God sends his Son (Galatians 4:4,5).  It is only in being quiet that we hear the “still, small voice” of God from heaven (1 Kings 19:11-13).


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