Mystery. Mysterious. Mystifying. Words that conjure excitement, dare, the unknown, the unexplainable, difficult to understand, truth, bravery, beauty, questions, answers, and a thousand other things and images.
I always thought it mysterious HOW a magazine is delivered to your doorstep via the US Postal Service, being handled by various machines and people, and upon opening, immediately all the postcard inserts fall out. (Andy Rooney must have missed this one)
Pick a line at the grocery store, or at the drive thru bank. I tell ya its a mystery, the other line invariably moves faster. We all can recognize the whimsical mysteries of life and enjoy them.
There are though, other mysteries of depth, beauty, and sobriety. Paul the apostle said in remarkably clear language:
‘behold I show you a mystery.’
He taught something that was not previously known, yet now revealed and understandable, showing the wisdom and love of God toward His own. Death would have no sting, and the bodies of all who died will be changed. Blessed be the true God.
He spoke again of the Lord and His purposes.
‘And without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness.’
How God was manifested in the flesh, how He was preached, believed and received. Paul spoke of the genius of God and how He made a new thing, whereby all would have access to the truth of God, and be a partaker of His grace, both Jew and Gentile in one body:
‘Even the mystery which has been hid for ages.’
When Daniel was asked about his understanding of dreams, he took credit for nothing and said:
‘There is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries.’
Yes, God unlocks all mysteries and in his time. He is the source of all wisdom and knowledge, and it is certainly a good thing to ponder the deep things of God. Isn’t it tremendous that He would entrust us with these mysteries? Our hearts and minds should be exercised unto godliness, that we may lead quiet and peaceable lives. However,
Belief in a Creator is no mystery, and requires no effort. It’s rather natural.
Now belief in a Redeemer, that’s another story, for there is a price to pay, and no man has the resources. Fortunately He who reveals all mysteries has already paid the wages.
(Obviously, creation itself is not simple to man as to HOW. But the One WHO created all that is, did so, that mankind is without excuse)