Summary: Pastor Dave looks at five mysteries that confronted Gideon in Judges chapter 6 and what we can learn from those mysteries.
Hope is Your Birthright, part 2
Wildwind Community Church
Wildwind’s 6th core value is mystery. I think we live in a world (or at least a society) that has greatly lost touch with mystery. I think many people in our country think that the existence of science has made belief in God unnecessary. Of course it hasn’t even remotely done that. All science can do is observe. Science’s only statements are, “This is what happens” (this is what we’ve been able to observe taking place), and “This is how this happens” (These are the cause and effect connections we’ve been able to observe.) Science can tell us what happens and how it happens. They’ve even gotten good at telling us when things might happen sometimes, but science has not demystified life, in spite of how it sometimes seems. We awake every day into a world that envelopes us in mystery.
When you woke up this morning you had absolutely no idea what was going to happen to you. You could have tripped getting out of your bed and be lying in a hospital or sitting in an ER waiting room right now. You could have awakened with the flu. You could have fallen down your basement stairs. On the good side, you could have realized you forgot to get your mail yesterday and found a check for $10,000. You could have wakened to a surprise from your spouse or kids. Tomorrow you could lose your job. Or get a promotion. And by the end of today, you could be dead – or someone you love could be. Sounds terrible doesn’t it? But it’s true. You don’t have the first clue what life is going to bring to you. The combined knowledge of all the world’s scientists couldn’t begin to put that together for you. You live cluelessly in this world and are under the illusion that you know what’s going on, but you don’t. And you’ve gotten so used to it that you’ve forgotten clueless you really are. The fact is you simply are not aware of most of the things that affect your life in this world. Let’s look at our core value of mystery.
Mystery - We value the mystery of God by acknowledging that he is to be found as much in questions as in answers, seeking as in finding, and doubting as in believing. We will say and do nothing that portrays God as being without mystery. (Job 42:3; Eph. 3:2-9)
We see Job 42:3 as a reference for this core value. Let’s take a look at that and see what we can understand about mystery.
Job 42:3 (NIV)
3 …Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.
Here Job has been suffering, and demanding that God explain to him the reason for all his suffering. But finally, after firing this endless brigade of questions at God, God fires back and says, “Who are you to think you can piece all this together? How would you understand the answer even if I gave it to you?” And Job realizes here that as he’s been asking God all these questions, he hasn’t had the slightest clue what he has been talking about. Job realizes that he has been blowing smoke, that when it comes to understanding God, he brings nothing at all to the table.