The joy and mystery of pursuing Jesus Christ ~ 4-1

Nobody knows anything. — William Goldman

My favorite word in the Bible is but. (Well, maybe it’s actually JesusBut I’m trying to make a point here, okay?)

The reason I love but is because it indicates both sad news and good news. Before the word occurs in a verse, there’s almost always sad news… BUT, after that comes but—and then we get the good news we need. Consider 1 Corinthians 2:8-10:

None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”—but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit.

Normally, it’s contradictory to have bad news and good news in the same sentence. BUT what we see here is God allowing a glimpse behind the veil of the mystery of who He is and who you are in Him.

The verse says that we can’t even fathom the wonders God has in store for us. If it ended there, it’d be a little frustrating because our first reaction would be, “Bummer. That’s sounds terrific, but why tell me WHAT I have in store without showing me HOW to get it?”

Thankfully, we have the but! … but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit. It’s not that we are simply given power to understand, because we never fully will; it’s not something we can wrap our minds around. BUT God reveals it by His Spirit.

It’s not supposed to be easy to figure God out with our minds. If it was, they’d have an iPhone app for it by now. To be sure, there’s no way to ever fully figure out God or the amazing things He has prepared for us. BUT the process of allowing Him to reveal Himself and His ways in His time peels away the layers of the mystery… and is one of the most fulfilling parts of pursuing Him.

Pete Briscoe’s Daily Devotional – ‘Experiencing LIFE Today’