Trusting the Mastery while Living in the Mystery

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”  

Genesis 1:1-2

These first two verses of the Bible express the mastery of God and the mystery of creation. 

God is the master, the creator, of the heavens and the earth.  The opening verse of the Bible makes that perfectly clear.  How, exactly, he created the earth is a matter of lively debate.  No matter how intensely one or the other theory is put forth and believed, in my opinion it remains a mystery.

Way back in the beginning the earth did not exist like we now know it.  It was clay to be sculpted into a world, a canvas to be covered with an artists work, and history to be written.  Each individual on the planet lived/lives his or her own story and, in some way, contributes to history.

One of the most puzzling mysteries is how God can allow humans to sculpt cities, to create beauty using a canvas, or a garden or a home, and to live stories that make up the history of the world, and yet God is still its master.  It’s mind-blowing.  Where is the line between our free will and God’s sovereignty?  Theologians have been pondering that questions for quite a while, and once again, no matter how passionately one or the other view is put forth, it is still a mystery.

This year is formless and empty.  It is an expanse of time to be filled, a clump of clay, a blank canvas, empty pages.

What will you do with it?

Can you trust the mastery of God while you’re living in the mystery of his creation?

“…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  1:9-10

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8 Responses to Trusting the Mastery while Living in the Mystery

  1. Pingback: Our Plans, God’s Purposes and Faith | Connecting Dots…to God

  2. Laura Droege says:

    What a deep question, Judy.

  3. Cathy Rogerson says:

    I loved this. God IS such a mystery her in Christ He is known. His whole plan is mind blowing. So glad to be on this faith journey with you. Keep writing !

  4. Barb Conti says:

    Thanks Judy. Yes many questions and like you said still one with great debate. Free Will and sovereignty – well stated and no absolute answer. Thanks your thoughts and insight.

  5. Larry Who says:

    “Can you trust the mastery of God while you’re living in the mystery of his creation?”

    I will offer the same answer that Ezekiel did when God asked whether the dry bones could live: “O Lord God, You know.” (Ezekiel 37:3)

    • Judy says:

      Sounds like that’s a yes, Larry! Yes, God knows. I wonder if we will learn the answers in heaven to all of the mysteries that we live with on earth. Or maybe we won’t care.

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