Sunday, August 29, 2010

Knowing God - Revelation 1:20

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... the mystery ... is this ...
Revelation 1:20
 
I've started a study of Revelation, and at the end of chapter 1 is this phrase: "the mystery ... is this ..."
 
How many of you have ever looked at Revelation as mysterious? (Absolutely!)
 
If we're literal today, the mystery is: What are the seven stars that the Son of Man (Jesus) was holding in his hand? Answer: "the mystery ... is this: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches."
 
Interesting. But I don't want to be literal today; I want to be general and hopefully a whole lot more helpful.
 
How many of us human beings view some of the things of God as mysterious? We want simple answers and simple faith. But there's evil ... and suffering ... and good people dying too young. There's unanswered prayers ... and aching hearts ... and too much confusion. 
 
Whenever we cry, "Why?" we must trust that God's continual desire is to say, "the mystery ... is this ..." He passionately wants us to see, hear, know, and love.
 
Now, on this earth, we won't ever "get it" completely. But that's why we read his word and say our prayers and serve his kingdom. Because the more we do this -- the more we undertake "a long obedience in the same direction" -- the more the fog will lift and the more the answers will trickle in.
 
In Christ's Love,
a guy who might not like London
(I'd probably get tired of the fog)

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