Have you ever wondered why God doesn’t give us all the answers to all our questions? I can’t really think of one story in the Bible where God called someone to do something and told them every little detail of what was going to happen before they stepped out in faith. I can, however, think of a lot of stories where God asks someone to brave the unknown and it led to surprise and adventure.
One example is the story of Peter in Acts 10. Peter has an open vision that he doesn’t understand in the slightest. The bible says he was “inwardly perplexed” by what he saw (vs.17). Next thing you know, three men show up and take Peter to some Italian guys house, Cornelius, where Peter discovers the mystery that “through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel” (Eph 3:6).
Wow! Did you know that when the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost, the apostles didn’t even realize that the baptism of the Holy Spirit was for the Gentiles as well as the Jews? They thought it was just for them! Peter didn’t discover this was for the Gentiles until the Holy Spirit fell upon Gentiles at Cornelius’s house. Then he understood what his vision meant in which he was “perplexed”, and had to explain it to the rest of the apostles (Acts 11:18).
What’s really amazing to me, is that when Jesus appeared to the disciples after the crucifixion and taught them over a forty day period “about the Kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3), He didn’t feel it was necessary to tell them that the promised coming of the Holy Spirit wasn’t just for the Jews! You would think something of this importance would have at least been a brief mention! However, it seems as though God thought, “Well, they’ll figure it out eventually.”
I believe that God is mysterious for our sake. If you knew the ending to every movie you ever watched, it would take the fun right out of it. We were created for discovery! God designed the human heart to long for adventure! This is why some people can possess everything this world has to offer, accomplish every goal they set out for, and still feel unfulfilled. It’s not necessarily the destination that we’re after. It’s the journey and the discovery!
Another reason the Lord is mysterious is because He doesn’t see things the same way that we see them. He doesn’t evaluate the way that humans evaluate. Humans wait for a finished product, the answer to the question or the fulfillment of the promise as means of evaluation. However, God places a period in what we think to be mid-sentence...
When God gives us a promise, it may not be the promise fulfilled that He’s actually looking for. What shapes us in character, faithfulness and maturity is the process of trusting, leaning and depending on God in between the starting point and finish line.
Whenever we completely put all of our trust, all of our hope, and our complete dependency in the Lord, He places a period there and calls it a complete sentence. Our trust and faith in Him is what He’s after. He’s faithful to every promise that He makes, but He’s also interested in the developmental stages in between.
If you want to follow God without being offended, you have to learn to embrace the mystery of God. You must come to terms with the fact that He knows everything and He’s clearly not telling everything! Don’t call it quits because you don’t currently understand what He’s up to. Following God is the escape from the cycle of the mundane! It’s the adventure that the human heart longs for. If your embark on a voyage with God, get ready for the journey of your life and be ready for lots of surprises! One thing is certain... it will be worth it.
“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings to search it out a matter” - Proverbs 25:2
- David Olinger