What does this mystery mean? It means that our Christian walk may be confusing at times. It’s not that there is something necessarily wrong with you, but that God is mysterious. God may be too silent for our liking. He may seem inactive at the very times we want Him to do something. When He does act, it may not be what we expect. It usually isn’t! When we want God to rush, He pauses. When we want Him to slow down, He is way ahead of us. Now remember. God is not being contradictory or chaotic. He is being Himself. He is brightness in perfection but there are shadows in our understanding and perception.
This sense of mystery drives many of us crazy - unless we have learned to walk by faith. Since God has revealed Himself to us, even partially, we place faith in what we do know. We know He loves us. We know He is goodness. We know there is nothing beyond His sight. We know everything is possible for Him. We know He is with us in the very depths of who we are. All of this makes God worthy of our trust. What I do know of God is a faith foundation for what I cannot know. So faith is possible, but it is not easy.
Our faith will be pushed to its limits and then some. There will be times when we shrug our shoulders in wonder. So may I add one other quality we need? We need patience. Patience is the ability to endure (with hope!) the times and places that make no sense to us. We need patience with our own growth and progress.
Patience with circumstances around us. Patience with God Himself. My understanding of patience has been helped by this quote,
“Patience with others is Love,
Patience with self is Hope.
Patience with God is Faith.”
With that in mind read Isa 40. Note the ways that God has revealed Himself to us. Note also the ways that He is beyond our understanding. Finally note the final admonition – we are to wait for Him. We are strengthened in our patience and the fog of our perceptions can morph into faith.