We know that for those who love God
all things work together for good.
Romans 8:28 (1)
When I was a kid I loved word problems in Arithmetic, writing proofs for theorems in Geometry, and solving complex algebraic equations. I was one of those students the rest of the class math hated. Usually I could look at a problem and know the answer immediately.
This gift, which I have since lost, helped me see the world from an analytical cause and effect mindset. Everything could be explained.
In college I studied bio-genetics and neuropsychology as I moved away from the mathematical world to an interest in discovering the cause of human behaviors. I was convinced that with good science and solid philosophical logic, I could explain human behavior and interactions.
When I entered seminary and began to seriously study biblical theology I was convinced that as a pastor I would be able to explain the ways of God in our lives.
Except for numbers adding up, I must confess I have yet to unravel the cause and effect of human behavior and how God works.
For someone who wants to understand how and why, I finally had to confront the reality that neither behavior (God’s or man’s) nor the operational mechanics of the universe will all fit into a neat and tidy formula.
Once I realized that the human mind is not capable of figuring out all the ways of man, God, and the physical world, it was easier and more satisfying to be a man of faith.
Though unexplainable, God is part of the equation of life. I have seen His hand and felt His presence too many times to deny Him. I can never let go of this reality, even though there is much I cannot explain about God.
This faith has brought me great peace and joy.
I have learned to accept and to be thankful for His unexplainable behaviors.
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The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Romans 8:28.