As I prepare the sermon for this week based on Elijah's role in 1 Kings 21 I am wrestling with many unanswered questions which so often occur when we seek to make sense of Old Testament narratives and stories and draw helpful insights and conclusions for us in today's world.
As I do so, I am reminded of something I heard - and learned - when I was training to be a church minister at the age of 27. Whist serving a six week mission placement, I had a conversation with the Vicar about the challenges of unanswered questions. He said that we “live with unanswered questions in the light of the answers that we do have”
This has much in common with the famous classic hymn:
I cannot tell how silently He suffered,
As with His peace He graced this place of tears,
Or how His heart upon the Cross was broken,
The crown of pain to three and thirty years.
But this I know, He heals the broken-hearted,
And stays our sin, and calms our lurking fear,
And lifts the burden from the heavy laden,
For yet the Savior, Savior of the world, is here.
I cannot tell…but this I know!
Faith is living with some of the questions of life unanswered because we have received the sure and certain answer to other questions we have asked that feeds our trust in a heavenly father who knows us and loves us.
I don’t know the answers to so many aspects of life today but I came to faith after a deliberate and clear investigation into the history and facts surrounding Jesus Christ (this is at the heart of the Alpha Course).
I found God to be real and present through his Holy Spirit, have seen him answer prayers, provide for our lives, heal the sick and save many. So I trust him to be true to his word, I trust him to provide for us now and I trust him for eternity!
What are the answers that you need now to able you to trust him for those other questions which come into your mind so often!