It’s extremely rare that I go back and re-listen to an entire sermon I heard…especially the very next day! But that is what happened this week, because it had a message (well, one of several) that really impacted me.
I’m sharing because it just might be what frees you as well.
I’m such a black & white person when it comes to pretty much anything. God gave the “Belief” strength as my number one StrengthsFinder, which means I have certain core values that are enduring — I value responsibility, high ethics and altruism. Lots of good things can come from these attributes, but like other Strengths themes, there can be a downside.
For example, I want every “issue” (social, political, religious, etc.) to have a clear answer. My brain needs to find the “right” answer and once I [think I] do, it’s difficult for me to trust others actually have an intelligent opinion concerning an alternative.
Now, over the years, I’ve overcome a lot of that rigidity. As I walk longer and longer with Jesus, I feel myself slowly maturing and understanding the fact that certain things just cannot — cannot! — be black & white. It’s not how everything works.
Ughhh that’s so hard.
On Sunday, my pastor and his wife actually team-taught and it was excellent. I’m splitting their message into two and will try write on the other half another time. As for today, here’s the main word: MYSTERY.
We happen to be studying Daniel right now, but the general message that was such a good reminder is that one can never have all the answers. The wiser one gets, the less he or she can fathom.
They shared an analogy that you might have heard of before: If you walk into a building, you can start to get an idea of what the architect was thinking or doing within the design. But you can’t look at a wall of that building and know absolutely everything the architect had thought when creating it. You can’t know his dreams for future expansions of that building. You can’t really know anything about his character. His hopes. His dreams.
See where I’m going?
We can know so much of our Creator God from looking around — seeing the breathtaking beauty in nature, experiencing different personalities among friends, etc. But we are restricted in all of that. We’ll never be able to fully comprehend Him. We have a limited vocabulary and even our human imaginations have ceilings.
So, where’s the freedom I mentioned above?
In that mystery. We don’t have to have everything figured out! Stress gone.
As my pastor’s wife said, “Our hope today is not really found in our ability to fully understand our Creator. Though we do seek to know Him, our true hope is that the Creator of the world already knows us completely and He walks beside us.”
Flip your Bible open to 1 Corinthians see what chapter 13, verse 12 has to say:
“All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.”
So we have a hope today: God knows me completely now.
And a hope for tomorrow: I will get to know Him completely.
I don’t know about you, but this is incredibly freeing for a person who struggles with the black & white aspect of everything. I love the fact that I don’t have to have explanations for everything. That I have Someone I can trust to have the answers. And that the wisdom of Christianity in general is that we have faith in the mystery. How beautiful is that?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5