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As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and
my thoughts than your thoughts. ~Isaiah 55:9
I've had this somewhat silly wish lately that Moses would do a little more editorializing in the book of Genesis.
It's been awhile since I hung out in the Old Testament, you see, so I thought I'd flip back there and start reading this month. But oh my, I'd forgotten about some of the, um, interesting stories in Genesis. To put it mildly, they're not always all that PG-rated. (Take Lot and his daughters, for instance...)
But they're told so matter-of-factly. And sometimes I just want Moses (traditionally credited as the author) or God (since the Bible is the inspired Word of God) to throw the ultimate journalism rule aside and editorialize on what's happening. Why is this or that story included? Am I supposed to learn something from it or is it simply a matter of history? Is there a life application here I'm just not seeing?
In other words, I don't get it.
Still, I'm continuing to read. Because I know there's meaning here.
And it struck me the other day, that's sorta how we have to live life, yeah? There are things we're never going to get, things about God we're never going to grasp during this life. And yet...we've got to keep on living and keep on believing and keep on exploring a God whose ways are so much huger than we'll ever understand.
Understanding that I'm not always going to understand...and being okay with it. From a scholastic perspective it might sound backward to say that's a sign of maturing faith, but I think maybe it is. It's about trust, isn't it? Which isn't quite as difficult when answers are staring us in the face.
But when we're stumped?
When circumstances don't match up with our understanding of God?
When we're struggling to see the purpose in what's happening?
That's when trust is at its hardest...but probably also at its realest.
What do you think? Are there things in the Bible--or in life--that stump you? Some people might say not understanding everything is a sign of faulty faith rather than mature faith. How would you respond to that?