Two Mysteries!

During my twenty hours or so of driving last week, I listened to a lot of Fox News on SirrusXM radio. And of that time, I am sure that 75% was spent on a discussion of the mystery of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. I must admit, I found the various possible scenarios of the plane's disappearance rather fascinating. It seems a bit odd in this age of technology that a Boeing 777 with over 200 passengers and crew on board could simply disappear ... and disappear in the strange way that it did! Now since last week, Malaysian authorities have determined that the plane crashed in a remote area in the southern reaches of the Indian Ocean - apparently after running out of fuel - a conclusion that not everyone is buying. If the Malaysians are correct, the area where the plane is alleged to have gone down is so large and the ocean there is so deep, the airliner may never be found. Therefore, the mystery of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 may remain just that, a mystery laying deep in the waters of the Indian Ocean.

As I reflected on this, my thoughts turned to our God. You see, there is a certain "mystery" about God ... and this, I believe, makes many of us uncomfortable. We would like to have God "figured out." After all, in this information age in which we live, an answer to any question should be only a Google search away! Now it is true that there is much that can be known about God, if we take the time and effort to study the Bible. For the Bible is the written revelation of God ... His character, nature, wisdom, will and ways. Yet the Scriptures do not reveal everything there is to know about God. And this is where this concept of "mystery" comes in to play. God's ways are not our ways and his thoughts are not our thoughts. There is an infinite gulf between Him as Creator and us as the creatures of his hand (Isaiah 55:8-9). In addition, God has chosen NOT to reveal everything He could have possibly revealed. Some things He has chosen to keep "secret" (Deuteronomy 29:29).

At the end of the day, we must keep in mind the words of the Apostle Paul when, in writing of the incarnation of the Living God, wrote, "Oh the MYSTERY of godliness is great . . ." (1 Timothy 3:15-16). I'm OK with that ... and I trust you are, too!

Thanks for stopping by . . .
pj

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