The Mysteries of God

Day 353

Prayer for the day

O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on me. O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on me. O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, grant me your peace.

Scripture for the day

Jonah 1-4, Revelation 10

The book of Revelation is pretty much a catalogue of the mysteries of God. Who can understand everything that is written there, and who is able to unlock its meaning? Many books have been written to connect ancient prophecy with modern events, and many of them end up as embarrassments both to the authors and to the Christian community who buys into such things far too readily.

Yet this passage speaks about a particular mystery of God that will be revealed. Speculating on what that mystery is, the one He spoke to the prophets, is not the point of this post. The point of this post is to recognize that we don’t have all the answers, and we certainly are not able to delve the depths of the mysteries of God. It is only grace that allows us to know of God’s mysteries. Grace, and His willingness to speak.

Jonah got a first-hand account of God’s grace and willingness to speak. He was privy to some pretty important, and fairly dangerous, knowledge. God had revealed to him the great mystery of the future: what would happen to Ninevah. And God desired that Jonah tell this mystery to the Ninevites. It was grace in Jonah’s life and grace to the Ninevites all wrapped together, though it took some time for Jonah to really appreciate God’s provision for the traditional enemies of Jonah’s people.

God has used many different media to make known some of the mysteries of who He is and what He has done. We should count ourselves privileged to know the God who is so willing to reveal His secrets to us, that we might live!

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