We love to watch movies that keep us on the edge of our seats; we love the anticipation of what’s going to happen next. This seems to be part of what makes us human—curiosity. We want to know beforehand what’s going to happen, we make our guesses and then wait, holding our breath and bracing ourselves for the outcome. We love a good mystery.
Sometimes waiting in suspense can be excruciating in real life. If you’ve read along with me this past year, you know that I spent most of the year waiting to see if we were moving out of state with my husband’s job or not. As it turns out, we’re not. (Yay!)
My husband and I went to a special showing of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds last night. Hitchcock was nicknamed “The Master of Suspense” as he knew how to keep people waiting, watching and wanting more.
We all have something built into us that seeks to know mysteries, secrets, and to research unknown things. God has put that curiosity into us so that we will seek Him out—we will pursue the mysteries of God: Who is He? What is He doing? Does He care about me?
Sometimes He tells us right away—when we seek, we find. Other times we need to seek—and wait. Not “wait” like when you go to the doctor’s office and grab a chair and sit—but “wait” like a waitress does: “What can I do to serve you today?”
Jesus didn’t say, “Sit and wait for Me.” He said, “Occupy until I return.”
Jeremiah 33:3 tells us “Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” God says, “Come talk to me. Ask me any questions. I will tell you the answers.” (author’s paraphrase)
“What is going to happen to the Earth?”
“Where is my next meal coming from?”
“How will I pay my rent?”
The Apostle Paul, in Romans 16:25-27 says
25 Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began 26 but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith— 27 to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.
There was a great mystery that was kept secret since the world began but has now been made manifest in the person of Jesus Christ. Namely, that God became flesh and dwelt on the Earth among us. He died for our sins, and rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven. He then sent his Holy Spirit to dwell on Earth. To those who believe on Jesus and his death, burial and resurrection, He gives them the Holy Spirit to lead and guide them.
And here’s the answer to another mystery: Why do Christians sometimes act so bad? One reason is because they sometimes listen to their own wants instead of listening to the Spirit. But another reason is that people have their own ideas of how a Christian should act. An extreme example of this is a man who is in prison in Kathmandu who was arrested for eating beef. That’s not a sin.
So if you are curious about God, ask Him your questions. Ask Him why bad things happen. Ask Him why is the world in such a mess. Ask Him whatever is on your mind. His word says,
And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
For more about secrets and mysteries click here for a blog that was posted by “Serve Him in the waiting”.
- Mystery of the Gospel (devotionsinmotion.wordpress.com)