he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
Ephesians 1:9-10It's a topic Mike and I keep coming back to.
And our choices.
And how they somehow coexist and work together and include surrender on our part and the extension of free will on God's part. And yet, foreknowledge and planning.
We talk about it in a more theological theoretical way from time to time.
We talk about it with far more energy when we are in the midst of making decisions for our family and for our careers and for giving direction to our kids.
It makes my head spin a little.
I love how Jesus talks about becoming like a little child in order to receive the kingdom. A little child. I don't think He's saying that we have to check our brains at the door or not dig into the Word or to not ask complicated and hard questions. I just think He's reminding us that there are things we simply are not going to figure out this side of eternity. And we need to be okay with that. We have to trust that.
Mike and I have bookcases filled with tomes on theology and hermeneutics and Greek and Hebrew dictionaries. We love listening to teachings and lectures, seeking little glimpses of how the Lord put this whole thing together. We love to dig deep, seek revelation, understand more.
But there's a threshold. A threshold that sometimes all the study and discussion can bump up against and see as a roadblock.
But it's not.
There are simply those questions that we're not going to know. And just like with my children, when there are things they aren't ready to understand, my Father says to me that it's time to put down the books and accept what He says, even when my linear mind keeps turning it over.
He says, "Trust Me. Trust Me to be all powerful and to give you choice. Trust Me to be totally in control and to listen to your prayers. Trust Me."