When I cannot understand anything in the Bible, it seems to me as though God had set a chair there for me, at which to kneel and worship; and that the mysteries are intended to be an altar of devotion. (Charles Spurgeon)
A while back I was talking with a pastor friend about a seeming paradox in scripture, and he paraphrased this Spurgeon quote. His differently-worded summary helped me as much as Spurgeon’s original does. He said something like this: In moments when we find ourselves unable to comprehend a part of scripture — usually those that are wrapped in deep mystery — that’s when we close the book, and we bow, and we worship.
For mysteries — that which God knew we would not be able to understand — are intended to draw us to our knees. It’s there, before the Lord who creates and orchestrates all mystery, that we bow our hearts in wonder-filled worship.
“… He does great things that we cannot understand.” Job 37:5
Painting: Interior with Red Chair by Carl Vilhelm Holsoe (1863-1935)