by Pastor Mark Jordan
“All of our praise rises to the One who is strong enough to make you strong, exactly as preached in Jesus Christ, precisely as revealed in the mystery kept secret for so long but now an open book through the prophetic Scriptures. All the nations of the world can now know the truth and be brought into obedient belief, carrying out the orders of God, who got all this started, down to the very last letter.” (Romans 16:25-26, MSG)
Life can be a mystery, can’t it? If you could ask God any question right this moment, what would it be? There is no doubt that life is mysterious. There are all kinds of answers I know I want and need to help make sense of life, and I am by no means alone. And while God is often shrouded in mystery, faith helps us to (A) unlock some of those mysteries, and (B) hold on to the Lord with our focus on Him.
Famous astronomer, Carl Sagan, once said, “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” Though Sagan was referring to the cosmos, he was a scientist in search of God. He believed the knowledge of God was essentially too much to fathom, but never rejected the presence of a deity. For me, as a person of faith, I cannot separate the search for God from His presence and power…I must see them as inextricably linked.
The Apostle Paul frequently wrote and taught about the mystery of God. As he did, he pointed to Jesus as the key to begin unlocking those mysteries. Paul, as we read in today’s verse, wrote specifically about bringing the mysterious nature of God into obedience through belief; i.e., faith. From the Alpha (beginning in creation) to the Omega (the final victory of the new creation in Christ), something incredible is waiting to be known. But know this…it isn’t somewhere far away, but as near as your very next breath.
May we begin today to seek that knowledge in the love of God, and sacrifice of Christ for our eternal life. Yes, it is true that ‘somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known,’ so may we begin that search in the heart of God, which beats for you.
“Immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us.
He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ.
He did all this on his own, with no help from us!
Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in
company with Jesus, our Messiah.”
(Ephesians 2.4-6, MSG)
Prayer: Dear Lord, life is so full of mysteries. I confess among those mysteries is how you could love me, as far as I wander from time-to-time. Help me to seek the power of your mysterious love right here and now, so I am able to share it with everyone. I pray this in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.