In AWE of the PERPLEXING Word of God

Psalm 119:161b NKJV - …My heart stands in awe of Your word.

AWE:  An overwhelming feeling of reverential respect or admiration mixed with fear or wonder.

2 Peter 3:15-18 NIV - Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters.  His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. 17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever!  Amen.

Some passages in the Bible as simply perplexing.  Sometimes so perplexing that it can make a devoted follower of Jesus wonder why God inspired the passage in the first place.  Other times it may include a rare event that is so fantastic as to wonder why God allowed It’s encouraging to know that even the Apostle Peter found some Scriptures hard to understand!  Though the main themes and doctrines of the Bible are clear, that doesn’t mean there aren’t Bible difficulties.    In modern times, shallow answers (or non-answers) from the Church and insincere attacks and distortions from hostile opponents can make for some confused Christians.  Most people do not want to take the time and effort required to unearth the answers to hard sayings and perplexing events in Scripture.  Deeper understanding is also something that God’s Spirit must illuminate as we search for greater comprehension.  Consider that God may choose to conceal some things before He reveals them to you.  Will you still search?

Proverbs 25:2 ESV - It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.

The Bible has remained “the anvil that has broken a thousand hammers.”  The presence of difficult passages and our personal inability to understand everything perfectly is not enough to diminish or dismiss the clear truth presented in Scripture.  The fact that there are passages that perplex scholars and laymen alike only lets us know that we will never run out of possible truth nuggets for which we may mine the word of God.  In our quest for understanding even the car passages of Scripture, consider what G.K. Chesterton said about the Christian ideal: “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”  

Have you ever been perplexed by the word of God, yet you still didn’t to try to find more understanding?  Is it possible that some of the most awe-inspiring insights in the Bible are contained in the hardest passages for you to understand at this moment?  Does the amount of thoughtful study you spend in Scripture indicate that you view the Bible as containing real treasures for you to discover?  Do you pray for God to illuminate the Scriptures so you can understand them or explain them better?

Proverbs 2:3-6 ESV - Yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, 4 if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, 5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Psalm 119:18 NIV - Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.