MYSTERY!

“He made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ…” (Ephesians 1:9, NIV)

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Human beings always want to know “why?” and “why not?” It’s precisely because we are human that we cannot know. That’s why mystery is so important to understand. The entire book of Job is all about the “why” of suffering and in the end God invites Job to see a bigger picture than even his own suffering.

Creation is a mistake if all you see is suffering. But if you lift your eyes wider and look at the entire universe with God, you can also see that creation is filled with beauty and grace.

We are to value mystery because it enables us to feel God’s love – love that was fully revealed in Christ.

Sometimes, as a benefit of growing older, we get to experience some of the “whys?” and “why nots?” Most often, however, we are left to “wonder” simply because we are the players of life, not the playwright.

Christine Mallouhi in her excellent book, Waging Peace on Islam, makes this significant conclusion:

“The victorious and triumphant Christian life does not conjure up pictures of suffering and death and feelings of abandonment. But this was all part of God’s victory in Christ. If this was the path the Master trod why should it be any different for the servants? Jesus cried out “why?” and “where are you?” to God when circumstances were crushing him. God is always greater than our understanding of him and there will always be mystery about him that causes us to fall down in awe and worship. This mystery, which we want to tidily categorize, keeps causing struggles in our life. Every time we get God tidied up like a ball of rubber bands, another end bursts out and the struggle begins over again, until we learn to live in faith with untidy ends. If everything is clear then faith is irrelevant. We are not called to solve the mystery, but enter it.[1]”

So value the mysteries of life and use them to come closer to God. Understand that suffering will always be a part of life. But there is also a part that is filled with beautiful sunsets, majestic mountains, gorgeous butterflies, the love of our friends and family, and the peace and comfort of our Lord and Savior!

Peace of Christ

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

1. Christine Mallouhi, Waging Peace on Islam (Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2000), p.52.

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9 Comments on “MYSTERY!”

  1. JD Blom Says:

    Reblogged this on A DEVOTED LIFE.

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  2. There is a mystery to life and mysteries by their definition are mysterious. Sometimes when faced with a struggle we have nothing left to do but accept it is just our turn. I think for me the hardest part of the mystery…the part that goads me is, is this order of battle vs blessing God’s doing or is it what our race chose by eating from the tree? I lean toward the latter. How about you?

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    • I’m with you, Joseph. Things didn’t have to be this mysterious. Adam and Eve made our choice for us. All we can do is accept what has happened and move toward a closer relationship with Christ. Unfortunately, we’ll continue to fight battles every single day. Take care and God bless! 🙂 Dave

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      • Doug Bush Says:

        It can be very challenging to accept than one man brought sin on human kind in the Garden of Eden; but one has to understand that God wanted man to have free will. If Adam did not have free will then what kind of man would God have created? It can be hard to accept the Grace and payment for that sin debt that started in the Garden which Jesus Christ, the Son of God, gave us on the Cross. It can be difficult to grasp why our sin past, present and future was paid for by Christ. Our minds want to conjure up ways to earn the Grace and Forgiveness and we want to develop rules and methods to follow and to act on to earn it. It is so simple that all we have to do is to acknowledge Jesus Christ and accept the gift of the new covenant for it’s Grace given by the birth, death and resurrection yet so many are deceived. One only needs to think about the natural tendency of a Father desiring to save his children and the lengths that one us would go to; even if to lay down our own life for saving our own child. I do not believe the Gospel is mysterious or that Grace is something hidden that has to be found; it is all around us. However, we live in a sinful world and Satan is the great deceiver and many will be lost. I suppose finding Grace, the good news of the gospels, could be seen as mysterious. If an individual sees it as a mystery then when they get that mystery solved it will be an awesome moment. To all that recognize that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, God in Flesh, and he came to deliver Grace to all and pay our debt so we can have a relationship with our Heavenly Father and a home in Heaven is an incredible revelation. A life without this pathway home would be a terrible existence.

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  3. Planting Potatoes Says:

    Amen….! Martin Luther King, Jr.once said….”I don’t need to see the top step in order to start climbing the stairs.”

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  4. Reblogged this on God's Group and commented:
    There will be much in life that will remain a mystery, until God’s redeemed children stand face to face with Jesus…

    Blessings in Christ, bruce r mills

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