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Mon 25th May Rejoicing in the mystery of God!

A few weeks ago I finished one of the best books I have read for some time. In her first book, Confronting Christianity, Rebecca Mclaughlin addresses twelve tough questions often levelled at Christian believers. These questions include; Are we better off without religion? Isn’t Christianity homophobic? And, How could a loving God allow so much suffering? Although evidently blessed with a brilliant mind, Mclaughlin grounds her arguments in the reality of everyday life. Therefore, when addressing the firmly held conviction of many that science has disproved Christianity, she makes this brilliant observation. “I have three children, and when I tuck my kids in bed at night I could say to them, ‘I am a mammal. I am your progenitor. Your other progenitor is currently putting the baby to bed. And you know your DNA is a beautiful combination of the two of us. Or I could say, ‘I’m your mother and I love you.’ Her point is clear. When we read the Scriptures, particularly the account of creation in Genesis 1-3, it is evident that God doesn’t tell us everything we want to know. Rather, God in his infinite wisdom has revealed to us, all that we need to know.

I was reminded of these truths after Will Loescher spoke last week from William Cowper’s moving hymn, God Moves in a Mysterious Way. The hymn writer articulates for us, something of the ‘mystery’ of God. However, I was equally blessed as we concluded our worship together with Graham Kendrick’s contemporary cover of the song. Although staying close to the original lyrics, Kendrick had inserted a short, but profound chorus He writes “And I will trust the hands that made the starry heavens, and I will trust the wounds of Calvary. And I will trust and I will not be afraid.”

I want to encourage you at this time to delight in your relationship with the God who loves you and reveals that love in the person of his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Although there is much we do not know, we can take comfort in what God has already made known to us. You and I can confidently trust the hands that made the starry heavens. Why? Because we also marvel at the wounds of Calvary.

Yours, Gareth