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Tough Questions for Christians March 25 Devotional

by David Joynt on March 25, 2023

PSALM 19:1-4 | 1 The heavens are telling the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun.

There are different meanings of mystery. A mystery can be something not yet known or something in principal, unknowable. But mystery and knowledge are not always inversely related! Some naively imagined that science, as it discovers things, eliminates mystery. But it seems that the more we know about our universe and its origins, the more mysterious it becomes! Over 90% of the matter in our universe, for instance, is invisible! Knowledge and mystery grow together—this fits with the Christian conception of God within and beyond the universe He has made.


Some aspects of what we know are beautifully mysterious. The usefulness of mathematics for the laws of physics and for describing the universe is an example of this. It is as Nobel winning, Eugene Wigner says, “a wonderful gift we could never understand or deserve!”


How do you relate mystery and marvel?



Gracious God,

You would be unknowable if You had not chosen to reveal Yourself—first among the people of Israel and then in Jesus Christ. Thank You for the beauty and mystery of the natural world and the concrete ways You have spoken in history.



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