LENT REFLECTION - DAY 31
The experts of our day haven't a clue about what this eternal plan is. If they had, they wouldn't have killed the Master of the God-designed life on a cross. That's why we have this Scripture text:
No one's ever seen or heard anything like this,
Never so much as imagined anything quite like it—
What God has arranged for those who love him.
But you've seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you. The Spirit, not content to flit around on the surface, dives into the depths of God, and brings out what God planned all along. Who ever knows what you're thinking and planning except you yourself? The same with God—except that he not only knows what he's thinking, but he lets us in on it. God offers a full report on the gifts of life and salvation that he is giving us. We don't have to rely on the world's guesses and opinions. We didn't learn this by reading books or going to school; we learned it from God, who taught us person-to-person through Jesus, and we're passing it on to you in the same firsthand, personal way.
1 Corinthians 2: 6-13 The Message
In my household the boys are into cars, and in particular racing model cars. Whilst with the help of the commentators I can keep up with the FI when I come home to a dismembered car on the kitchen worktop or tyres baking in the oven I am at a loss. The boys have explained several times, but I still can't remember why they need to bake the tyres (ask them Sunday) and I wouldn't have a clue as to where to start in rebuilding an RC or any other car. It's a mystery to me!
As we look too Good Friday and Easter Sunday again, we may find ourselves questioning why Jesus had to die? It can seem illogical or unnecessary. Surely, there was another way? Whereas with the cars we can look up a manual or find a RC mechanic to start the rebuild, the deep mysteries of God and the cross are best learned in a personal relationship through Jesus. My encouragement to you today is to ask God the questions you have, and expect that God will answer revealing to you some of the mysteries that God has arranged for those who love him.
Father God, help us today to recognise the questions we have, the mysteries we are wrestling with and to ask You directly, in prayer, for a greater revelation of the deep mysteries of the cross and resurrection. We thank You that we cannot imagine all that You have planned for us in this life and beyond. Give us the courage for today and the hope and humility to lean not on our own understanding, but to trust in You and Your Holy Spirit. Amen.