Sometimes, God has to do things that we don't understand.
Take Jesus and his parents, for instance. When Jesus was 12 years old, he stayed at the Temple while his parents went back home to Nazareth. When they discovered him missing, they searched all over Jerusalem, and found him in the Temple. Exasperated, his mother said, "We've been looking all over for you. Why have you treated us this way?"
Jesus' response, "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?"
Didn't you know...
Obviously not! It seems incredible to us that Jesus would even think to say that to his parents. After all, he was the one that decided to stay behind. If your kid did this, there would surely be some unpleasant consquences.
But Jesus didn't sin. He was doing the work of his Father. In fact he couldn't sin: he's the son of God, he's true God. And as true God his authority went beyond even his own parents. But that's not the entire reason his staying at the Temple was important. He was there because, as God, it was part of the plan to bring forgiveness to the whole world.
It's hard to understand that. But the truth lies before us: Jesus was busy doing his Father's work so we could be saved.
And God's ways continue to mystify us. He brings an unexpected disaster into our life, he allows us to suffer tremendous pain, he gives us a frustrating challenge--all in the name of his loving plans for us. But it's greater than that. It's not just his plans for our life, but his greater plan of saving mankind from their sin. He has accomplished forgiveness already and every believer plays a part of sharing that message. Our experiences, our difficulities, they all play a role in getting that message out. God is using us, who have been saved, to help others be saved.
That's a blessed mystery! But we can always rest secure that God is accomplishing his mission of saving sinners.
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