The Certainty of G_d’s Love

It is not certain that everything is uncertain.
~ Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

We start to see that His mind is really amazing; that the idea of God being smarter than us is not a matter of degree. He has infinite planning ability… He can actually think ‘outside the box,’ but His ‘box’ is the universe and every single combination within it. Romans 8:28,29 is real…
~ Makala Barnabas Doulos

But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined,what God has prepared for those who love Him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct Mim?” But we have the mind of Christ.

~ paul, The Least of The Apostles, in 1 Corinthians 2

Oh beloved, it is true. It is is so difficult to see and feel and smell the circumstances around us. We sometimes scream something like, ArgbffrugahappppooorooiasdKnafffjnawrviuner!!!! Will Someone please just make the bad stuff stop for a second! And we drop or scream again or just whimper. And we say something like,

Why G_d? 
i am not even angry. 
i am even trusting you. 
i am even sure that things are going to work out.
i just hurt.
i feel so tired sometimes.

And then He does it.

He is not like the dad that won’t tell you what is going on. He is more like the Dad who gives you a glimpse of the edges of the gifts being hidden in the closet for Christmas morning.

He tells us exactly what is going on. He shares His mind with us. 

Oh, it is not like we can even fully begin to understand what things are going to look like – but somehow we do. 

We are not sure about what heaven will be like – but somehow we are.

We don’t know how things are going to end – but somehow we do.

He gives us (even though we cannot yet comprehend it) a full picture of eternity. It is not a picture of some time in the future, for we already inhabit it with Him. But He takes us out of this phonebooth of four dimensions and gives us fuller vision. And somehow, we can look “back” and see that everything is – and has always been – very much under His very Loving control.

Some (perhaps those most weak and lacking in faith) are shown perspective from deep in eternity – from a place both astoundingly quiet and full of music. There is a sense of looking back, but it is really just looking back at when the moment, that is eternity, was simply smaller because it was less understood. And in this looking back we wonder why we ever worried. We always had Him. Always. We were always in Him, and then He was in us.

We begin to see that everything, everywhere on this world is exactly the way it is because it is bringing about the most glory for Him and the most good for us – yeah us – individually. For, as He expands our view and lengthens its focus into infinity, we see that He is able to do the good for each individual as though they were the only one who had the need. Yeah, statistics fall apart. But they fall apart the same way that physicists’ math falls apart when exploring the problem of gravity – all efforts yield infinities, and point to Him.

And then it gets better. 

He begins to show us His heart. And the questions cease. For they are quenched in an ocean endless in its Love and great joy. Ocean (and any word connoting enormous size) simply does not work, for any measure just comes undone in our immediate understanding of our finite-ness and His beyond-infinite was-is-shall be-ness. We just stop. We just let go, for we realize two things very clearly.  1) We absolutely do not have control. And… 2) He absolutely does.

Can this fool preach for a second? Seek Him beloved. He will show you. He will give you His mind on the matters of everything that matter. This is very good news!

Faith and sight are set in opposition to each other in Scripture, but not faith and reason…. True faith is essentially reasonable because it trusts in the character and the promises of God. A believing Christian is one whose mind reflects and rests on these certitudes.
~John R. W. Stott (1921- )