The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 31
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.
–Ecclesiastes 3:11 (ESV)
Who, then, could put into words what God is doing in the universe? Who could read and understand such a vast book, in which every letter has its own unique meaning, and even the smallest of letters holds deep mysteries? For such mysteries as these are not seen or felt; they are matters of faith. Faith judges their truth and goodness only by their source, for their outward appearance hides such things in obscurity, and blinds those who judge by reason alone.
–Jean Pierre de Caussade
The world is a book being written by God, unreadable yet full of meaning. This is the perspective of faith. Faith looks at the book and reads the author. In other words, the perspective of faith is to look at creation and trust its Creator—to trust both his intentions and his competence. Faith knows that God means something by creation, and that this meaning applies to the whole work, as a work of communication. Faith also knows that God is able to accomplish what he intends. Trust in divine providence is trust is divine competence.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 portrays the contrast between the eternity in a man’s heart and that same man’s inability to see the whole story at once. We all have this struggle. But if you can read the author, you do not need to read the whole book. In other words, if you have come to know God and to trust him, you can be content to read the current chapter of the book—the present moment—and find it beautiful in and of itself.
The Holiness of the Here and Now is a daily devotional that I am currently working on. When I am finished, there will be 365 chapters like the one above. Meanwhile, I am sharing this work-in-progress. Like the Facebook page to see content like this in your feed.