An alert reader, Anonymous, once brought me a copy of the Fort Worth Star Telegram. One of the newspaper articles was by Jim Jones, entitled “To Know God’s Will is No Easy Thing.” Jones discussed Chuck Swindoll’s book, The Mystery of God’s Will. After writing more than twenty-five books (many of them best sellers) Swindoll is a respected and trusted preacher. He is currently senior pastor at Stonebriar Community Church, in Frisco, Texas, and also has a wide following through his nationally syndicated radio program Insights for Living. Clearly Swindoll is a pastor listened to and highly regarded by many people in the United States and beyond.
I appreciated what Jones wrote about Swindoll’s book. In it Swindoll cautioned against what he termed “voodoo theology.” Jones wrote of Swindoll, “While he [Swindoll] doesn’t know all the answers, Swindoll says that God’s will is mainly revealed in searching the Bible and following God’s wisdom.” Swindoll goes on to say that, “Finding God’s will is a complex, mysterious endeavor. It requires wisdom, clear thinking, and old-fashioned common sense.”
It occurs to me that if faith is a lifelong proposition, then shouldn’t we have a God that takes AT LEAST a lifetime to explore and discover? Those who have a “blinding light” experience of God and then know all of God’s mysteries leave me cold. I am happy that they believe they have all knowledge of God cornered. But as for me I feel fortunate that I learn a little about God and other people each day. I suppose it gives me something to look forward to next week as God and I continue to get to know each other better and better. I hope this trend continues for many years to come. After all, “Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love” (1 John 4:8).
Perhaps there is a great deal about love and God we can still understand—and then practice.