Longing Looking Angels’ Wishing

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 careEven 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?”

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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).

Life Applications

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.

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

3 thoughts on “Longing Looking Angels’ Wishing

  1. Peace that passes understanding. That has been my prayer. What timely words Dr. Simkins!

    On Thu, Oct 21, 2021, 10:17 PM Dr. Andrew Simkins wrote:

    > Andrew Simkins posted: ” 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” >

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    1. Thanks for responding to the blog…deep mysteries abound and careful disciples acknowledge that truth…thanks for being one who pays attention…yes, we continue to pray for excellent medical care delivered in a timely manner as well as for grace to sustain the process…blessings to each of you…Andy

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  2. God forgive us of our feeble, frail attempts to explain the unexplainable! May we simply let God be God in all of His majesty and mystery … even in the times of pain, suffering and even death … and respond to the unanswerables with a gently, loving response of, “I don’t know.”

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