Some things in life remain a mystery, no matter how hard we pry into them, trying to gain understanding. God made it that way . . . and as with all things, it is for our good and His glory.
The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.
Think about it this way: The message of mystery must convince us that there is indeed a God . . . and He is not me! Omniscience belongs only to our Most High God. He alone possesses the knowledge of everything; when we apprehend this deep truth, we can rest in the comfort of knowing the One who knows everything and gives us exactly the knowledge we need to do everything He has called us to do.
I really can’t imagine the burden of knowing everything, can you? Finite minds were never designed by God to understand the infinite. Far better to be in hot pursuit of the “tree of life” than the “tree of knowledge,” because as I have said many times from the pulpit, “We know more than we do.” If we spent a little more time doing what we already know, the world and the people in it would be a whole lot better off, and they would give far more glory to God!
The message of mystery is a message of unimaginable comfort for those who will receive it. We should let it motivate us to move toward God moment by moment, trusting Him even when we cannot trace Him, receiving His divine providence even when it is painful and surrendering to His sovereign will even when it is delivered through stormy seas and sleepless nights.
May our desire for learning never rise above our desire for loving our God and all those He sends into our lives! Job knew not the reason behind his misery, but he knew his God was above it. He knew his God was faithful and loving and could be trusted . . . even in the face of unimaginable pain and loss. Sure, Job questioned God and begged for answers, crying out in the misery of his mysterious mess. But in the end, the God he questioned was the God he counted on and the God he knew could be trusted.
So . . . how have you been dealing with the message of mystery in your life lately? Would you really be better off knowing every detail of divine providence in your life right now? To know the Lord Jesus Christ is to know enough! That was God’s message to Job. There is nothing you are going through that caught God by surprise. God has ordained all things and His promise is to take all those things and turn them to gold for the godly. To be sure, this gold will need to be refined by fire, but when it comes out the other side, it will be a clear reflection of the One who has refined it!
Peter knew a great deal about the Refiner’s fire. He wrote:
In this [salvation] you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:6-9)
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!