“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9)
Who doesn’t love a good mystery? Whether it is Clue, Sherlock Holmes, or a locked room puzzle with friends, there is something about a fun mystery that gets our blood pumping and mind working. Humans have always had a fascination with investigating the unknown, which is why we have scientists and philosophers.
This urge to investigate is not random, but has been placed inside of us by a God full of mystery. There is so much about him we do not and will never know. Nothing should not stop us from seeking after him. Constant mystery is what keeps us coming back to Him for more. Though we know we will never learn everything, the journey is about growing closer to Him and understanding each small mystery as he reveals it to us.
Our curiosity is what guides us. Christians serve a huge God, and he is big enough to handle our questions, so don’t be afraid to ask. He even tells us in Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” His desire is to reveal himself to His children, but He does not give it to us for free. We have to start looking first.
To fully understand something is to master it, and God will not be mastered. That is what keeps part of him always hidden from us. If we could understand him, then we would have no need to keep seeking. By keeping himself a mystery, he not only keeps us always searching for more, but retains his sovereignty over us.
We see one of God’s greatest mysteries through his followers. The peace and confidence He provides in times of trouble are a constant source of confusion for nonbelievers. It is ironic this great mystery is one of the ways God reveals the most about Himself. He is the Prince of Peace and reveals that mystery when we need it most. We cannot stand firm by our own efforts, but must rely on Him. To a sinful and chaotic world, this is the greatest mystery because in a similar situation they would fall apart; but to a believer, this “mystery” is the direct revelation and action of a God who wants to be known by his children.
We must never stop asking, seeking, or knocking. The moment we do, we stop growing. Think of a question you have been too afraid to ask, or an answer you have been hesitant to seek. Ask and seek those things, because our God is a God of mystery and is more than able to answer whatever you ask of him.