Life is full of the unexplained! Have you noticed? Of course; we all experience that recurring lack of answers to the “Why?” question. As believers we are certainly familiar with the great unexplained, the consistent absence of explanation for puzzling statements, breath-taking promises and other mysteries in the Bible. Yahshua, Who could have explained everything, sometimes chose not to. He said that we would have tribulation [John 16:33], but He never said why. He spoke of suffering being to the glory of Yahweh [John 11:4], but He never said how. Were any of the Biblical trials explained? We readers know the reason for Job’s trials, that’s explained at the start of the book, but I don’t recall Yahweh giving Job an explanation; he was expected to trust.
Could that be a clue? We are trusted with the unexplained? Recently a friend told us that as she was teaching a youth group how trustworthy and believable the Bible is, the first question to be asked was, “How do you know?” Our 21st century minds are taught that there must be logical explanations for everything; we are not comfortable with insoluble mysteries or statements. In some ways that’s great, sending us to the Source for answers and understanding, helping us to learn more about Yahshua, teaching us to study His Word. But we must never rule out the place of ‘mystery’!
The apostle Paul spoke about the mystery of godliness [1 Timothy 3:16] and the mystery of the faith [3:9], using the word many times in his letters. Some things become clearer as we grow in the faith and mature in righteousness, but there will always be elements of mystery. The longer we walk with Yahshua, the greater become some of those mysteries and the less, it seems, we have answers to questions that are thrown at us; we are trusted with the unexplained. It’s not a failure to say, “I don’t know!”
The apostle Peter encouraged believers to rejoice in that [1 Peter 1:7] “…the tested genuineness of your faith…may be found to result in praise and glory and honour at the revelation of [Messiah Yahshua]”. Allowing ourselves to be trusted with the unexplained, brings glory to Yahweh!