October 22, 2021
Scripture Resource Passage: 1 Peter 1
Peter’s sentences shine through Heaven’s windows revealing thunder and lightning. He sees redemption’s certainty and for disciples, contrasting mystery. “Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care…Even angels long to look into these things.” Peter’s words accurately describe God’s hiddenness (1 Peter 1:10 &12).
Reading the Bible means you are opening profound certainty as well as mystery. The long term strategy of God playing out in day-to-day events intrigues us; but there are also concealed truths. Disciples can be challenged with questions such as, “Why are these things (as in certain events) happening?”
Some apparent disciples will claim, at various points along the way, “God is doing this or that because….” Such disciples typically mean well, but they are not to be accorded the authoritativeness of Scripture.
We trust redemption’s certainty while accepting mystery, in following Jesus. Truly, there are uncomfortable and disturbing times of waiting while wondering, “Why is this happening?” Using our deepest faith, we seek the peace which passes understanding.
Travel to the city of Indianapolis, Indiana. The hospital is accessible from 10th Street near downtown. Nearby is White River Parkway. Riley Hospital serves children. It is a Level-One Trauma Center and provides a resource for the Indiana School of Medicine.
There is an Emergency Department, a Newborn Intensive Care Unit, numerous specialty surgeons, oncology teams, tropical disease specialists and additional outpatient clinics serving more than 2,500 patients each week. Why do we need such institutions? Because children, the most innocent among us, are suffering. Disciples know, “Even angels long to look into these things” (1 Peter 1:12).
Which of faith’s certainties bring you great confidence?
Which of life’s puzzles trouble you most?
When the innocent suffer, how do you understand their suffering?
Are you becoming more aware some questions will never be answered outside of God’s presence?
I look forward to your comments and suggestions. Grace and peace to each of you.