“We can expect the One who created the world to be more complex than anything in it….God must be larger than our comprehension.”
Our minds were created purposefully lacking only one thing: perfect understanding.
Because we are a created being, we only recognize a beginning and an end; time-related events.
He made us (as humans) to be finite, we therefore cannot understand the reality of infinity, thus we cannot fully understand God. He remains a mystery.
To know some of who He is, read His words and see His actions over time throughout the Bible, both the Old and the New Testament. You will learn of His plans for us, His love for us, and His sacrifice for us. This will lead you to the One who purposefully sacrificed himself that you might know Him one day, and when that infinite day comes, you will have perfect understanding.
The Genesis creation story is about OUR world, OUR time, our Creator sharing Himself and His vision, His love, and His thoughts with a living, breathing, flesh and blood finite being: MAN.
He had the true historical story written down for us to know man’s history relationally with Him. He had the 66 books/letters of what we call the Bible recorded and preserved for us to know who He is, who we are, and how we can live out the greatest story of all “time”. Yet, the way He had Moses record it, leaves us with many questions. That is because we cannot possibly understand all things God. It will remain a mystery to us until we meet Him face to face. That is how He designed it to be.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”
It is great fun to try and read between the lines in Genesis chapter 1 and 2 to resolve how it all went down. We strive to answer those questions of how and when and why. Scientists compare the Big Bang theory with the Creation theory, all with the intention of proving from their perspective how we came to be. The desire for knowledge drives us to know more.
But knowledge is not the same thing as wisdom. Knowledge pridefully pushes us to want more, for selfish reasons. Wisdom tells us the truth and we act on it for God’s glory. When we recognize that God is eternal and we are here temporarily, then answering those other mysterious secondary questions of how, when and why don’t really matter as much. What does matter is how are we living with the limited time and information we have. Are we seeking His face rather than how He created us? Are we seeking His will rather than our own? These questions I have to continually ask of myself as well as I fall into this category of craving to understand the mystery of creation.
“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
“It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.”
“Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty?”
The great news is this:
“…to make the word of God fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to His saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
Food for thought: DO you believe you understand the purpose of creation? DO you understand that God was, is and always will be?
Fun facts: The tv show “Unsolved Mysteries” aired for 23 years and is still in rerun mode. The theme music for the show was one of the big draws. Robert Stack was the host for most of the shows. It also began the careers of many famous actors, like Matthew McConaughey.
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