We all have questions, and we all want answers. Questions are such a natural part of life. One of the first questions any of us ask in life is “why?”. No doubt most of us have experienced the two year old child asking “why?” to every person they come into contact. We all have thousands of questions that enter our mind any given day. We even have functions on our phone that we can ask questions to get answers straight from our phone. “Hey Siri, what was the score of the Colts game yesterday?” or “How many ounces are in a gallon?”. If we have questions, we live in an age that we could have answers in seconds just by a simple google search.
Followers of Jesus also have countless questions. Many of those questions the Bible and scholarship gives answers to. Was their really a historical Jesus? Did God create the world? How did the church start? Was there really a King David? There are hundreds of scholars and theologians who have dedicated their lives to answers the questions that are posed to us for Christian living in our world today.
However, there are plenty of questions that the Bible doesn’t just give a straightforward answer to. How exactly will the world end? Who should I marry? Should I be a nurse or a school teacher? Why did my grandmother get sick with cancer? What is God’s will or purpose for my life? For many of us, these are the questions that keep us up at night. These are the questions that we rack our brains endlessly and read books to find answers for. We listen to podcasts and sermons hoping to catch a glimpse into these answers that seem to evade us. I find a scripture in Deuteronomy interesting in discussing this topic.
“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.” – Deuteronomy 29:29
We are obsessed with having answers in our modern culture. However, we often find tension between two truths in Scripture. A great example of this is the whole discussion between free will vs. God’s sovereignty. Some will argue that God has complete sovereignty over this world, and even has sovereignty over our choice. (Romans 8:29-30, Ephesians 1:4-6). Others will argue back saying that we “clearly” have free will and the ability to choose whether or not obey God (Deuteronomy 30:15-20). So who is right? Truth be told, Scripture seems to affirm both. Instead of spelling out exactly how this happens, the authors of Scripture seem to be comfortable living in the tension of these truths. Somehow, God has complete sovereignty and control of this world, yet we are able to make meaningful, purposefully choices out of our own volition.
What if God doesn’t intend us to have answers to some of our questions? What if God’s purpose for in this season is not to have an answer? Perhaps, just maybe, our wonder and questions will actually lead us closer to the heart of God. Perhaps there are secret things that God has for our lives that we don’t need to know anything about. We can trust that what God has revealed to us by His word and His Spirit is sufficient for to lead a life with God and carry us through any season we may find ourselves in (2 Peter 1:3).
Our questions aren’t a curse; they are a blessing. Mystery is a great thing in Christian faith. It causes a sense of wonder and awe to come over us when we experience a God that is beyond our comprehension. We are brought to worship when we see God work through the “weak” things in life to bring healing, restoration, and life change. It is more freeing know that we don’t have to have all the answers before moving forward. We can be content where God has us, act based on what we do know, and trust God will supply what we don’t have as we strive to live life with Him.
Perhaps instead of always asking “How does God..” we can just rest in the fact that “somehow God” will work all things for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). Maybe if we embrace the mystery we often find ourselves in with God we will actually find more answers than what we were looking for, and we will find rest in the God who knows us all by name.