God’s Mysterious Ways

Read Ephesians 1.3-14

When I was younger, I loved to read mysteries. I followed each clue, speculating about who did what to whom, when, and how. I devoured each new Encyclopedia Brown book, underlined clues and reenacted crimes.  I was the sleuth and relished in the challenge of solving the mystery.

But a mystery you can figure out isn’t really a mystery at all. It’s more like a puzzle. A mystery is something that no matter how hard you try, no matter how smart you are, it escapes you. It can not be grasped, only revealed.

God is a mystery to us. God lies beyond our ability to comprehend. God says,My ways are not your ways; my thoughts not your thoughts.” The ways of God are mysterious. We can not grasp God. Yet, God reveals Himself in the pages of Holy Scripture, as they testify to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We see glimpses of this resurrection power through the Holy Spirit at work in the world through the community of faith.

No matter how hard we study the works of God in creation, ultimately we are left shaking our heads with wonder. God’s love for us is a wondrous mystery we can’t solve. We can not grasp it. It grasps us.

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