“I reserve the right not to know the answer,” said my Dad for the umpteenth time. I sighed. Someone, I guessed, had just said, “May I ask you a question?” “Why do you always say that?” I grumbled, later. He looked at me with a twinkle and his wise smile. “People often expect their minister to have all the answers,” he replied, “and some ministers actually feel obliged to provide them.” He looked thoughtful for a few moments. “In fact, it’s not possible for anyone to have all the answers,” he concluded. The longer I walk with Yahshua and study Yahweh’s word, the more I understand the beauty, simplicity, and wisdom of this reply.
Woven throughout Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, there is a tantalising thread of mystery. It exists because Yahweh, Himself, is a Being of mystery and wonder. If we take away the mystery, surely we will take away the immensity of our Creator. We cannot understand Him with the human intellect; He is beyond comprehension. Yet when we accept the mystery, we find we can welcome Him into our lives as heavenly Father. Is it necessary to understand everything? When Isaiah was confronted with the mystery and magnificence of Yahweh’s throne room, he went to pieces [Isaiah 6:1-5]. Nothing had prepared him for the awe and holiness he felt.
This present generation with its thirst for knowledge and its scientific prowess tends to assert that what cannot be explained cannot be believed. Such rationalism may well rob the human spirit of the divine sense of awe and wonder which enables us to believe the impossible, know the unknown and worship the unseen. Even so, Paul wrote, “ For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known” [1 Corinthians 13:12, Christian Standard Bible]. We should learn to accept and delight in heavenly mysteries.
“We may be sure we are gaining spiritually,” says A.W. Tozer, “when we discover there is a sense of divine mystery running throughout all of the kingdom of God!”