I’ve stated before that there are things within the Bible that deal specifically with God, that I do not have a complete understanding on and questions that still remain unanswered. Examples of uncertainty have to do with things like Calvinism and Arminianism, where I actually see both operating within the Bible and also things like Old Earth and Young Earth Creationism where there is evidence that apparently supports both of these conflicting perspectives. Sometimes these areas of uncertainty are really important because there are underlying doctrines that deal with original sin, death and other important tenants of Christianity. Sometimes we have to make an educated guess or come to the realization that in all probability we’ll never know with any degree of certainty, the truth about these matters until we cross over and are face to face with God.
What I do know, with certainty, is that resentment or discord should not be the result of the conflicting viewpoints and not to lose sight of the bigger picture. I’ve also learned from experience that my perspective on things is not necessarily “the” all inclusive understanding and that there are indeed areas wherein my preferences are not carved in stone and may indeed need re-adjusting. It surely has happened before and I have little doubt that it will indeed happen again.
On the other side of the coin, there is much that I am certain about. Who Jesus is, what He accomplished, the reality of God and my fallen human nature, to name but a few.
If I didn’t know better, I’d almost think that these areas of uncertainty are knowingly placed there to make us focus on the reality of God our heavenly Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. There is always going to be a distance between what we think we know and reality because until we see God face to face, we only see in part. As I look within the scriptures and note from God’s Word, the hints of partial understanding with individuals like Abraham, Moses and many others, where we are shown, time and time again, areas wherein their understanding was incomplete or partial. As an example, one can assume that the understanding that Moses had during the years in the wilderness and the understanding he had when he was transfigured with Jesus and Elijah was decidedly different. And likewise when Jesus said that Abraham had looked forward to seeing His day and did and was glad in John 8:56 NIV.
I’ve asked God many times to release, what I feel is like a governor in my brain, so that I can understand more and obtain more wisdom. Sometimes it feels like I am putting a puzzle together and I’ve come to the place where a picture is beginning to form but it still isn’t complete and it’s only when I step back from the puzzle that I seem to see more of the picture.
And then we have those moments, that God in His wisdom, has chosen to reveal to us, of Himself, which are usually unique for each of us and sometimes similar. For example, Nabeel Qureshi was given dreams. And even there, I don’t understand why some are given these “insights” and others are not. I was given one such “insight” many years ago and you can read about it here if you are interested.
I do know that love and all that it entails, is undoubtedly one of, if not, the most powerful and meaningful experiences that we humans have and the older and wiser we get, the more we come to realize the gift that it is and it’s true worth. That love has to have a source. Material things don’t love, they just are. A rock is a rock and even though we are physical beings, material if you will, no one can deny that love exists or that we can all experience it in varying degrees. That in itself should tell us something. You can’t hold a container of love, you can only see the results of it and experience the reality of it within, yet it isn’t material, it’s not a physical object. I especially find that the depth of God’s love sometimes leaves me speechless when I begin to comprehend His ways and thoughts towards us. Key word there is “begin”.
I have also come to appreciate and want to be in the presence of God, which happens for me, frequently while in prayer and sometimes when I am studying His Word. There is an internal witness to one’s connection to God and I know when it dissipates. For me that witness is a warning to focus on my true priorities. There are also those totally out of the blue times when God’s Holy Spirit just kind of opens up a window that I wasn’t even aware of and empowers me to speak a word of encouragement to others, which are amazing in and of themselves. I marvel that He puts up with us, the depth of His patience and love.
I’ve also learned to really pay close attention to the witness of God’s Holy Spirit within me, because He will let us know when we’ve crossed the line or when we have zigged when we should have zagged. This is especially true in our dealings with others and the tone that permeates our communication with others. When God brings something to our awareness, through that still quiet voice inside, where something as simple as what we have said could be taken the wrong way, it’s always prudent to acknowledge it and ask Him to turn it into that which agrees with His will. Plus, followup clarification to the person we may have unintentionally offended, on our part, doesn’t hurt either.
Did you ever notice that in spite of the questions that remain unanswered and in spite of the things that we still are not sure about, there is more than enough of what we do know, to have solid confidence in our faith and trust in Jesus, so that we know, that we know, that we know. God is continually stretching our faith, our trust and reliance in Him, drawing us closer to Himself. Someday we who trust and depend in Jesus shall all stand in His presence and we won’t have any unanswered questions anymore, nor will there be areas of uncertainty. Until that day comes and it surely will, I rest in His promise to us that He is always with us and most importantly, that which He has begun in us, He will bring to completion(Philippians 1:6 NIV) .
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!