What to do when I can’t understand


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)



About Jill

I'm a wife, mom to three beautiful children, and work as children's ministry director at Redeemer PCA in Athens, GA, a place our family treasures as our church home. It's been thirty years since the Lord saved me, and to this day I'm astounded at His steadfast love shed upon unfaithful me. My hope would be that I might speak and write in ways God would use to soften hearts toward Him, that we would together be enamored by the glorious beauty of Jesus and awakened to His love unimagined. Thanks so much for reading!
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