The book of Job has a happy ending. Job’s suffering ends and God restored him beyond all he had before. Job is blessed with large herds, many sons, and beautiful daughters. He lives for 140 years as a very blessed and dies full of life. One could say all ends well but our questions are left unanswered. We do not know why Job had to endure this trial. We do not know Job’s take on what happened either. In the end we see that God remains mysterious. For our faith, this mystery is essential.
Try as we might, mankind cannot explain all that is in the world. There is much that has been figured out but we only seem to be able to go so far. Great minds have studied and observed and analyzed and calculated to learn much. We can split atoms and see far into space. We can trace the evolution and extinction of many species. We can replace hearts and we can restart hearts. Yet there is much that cannot be explained by scientists, doctors, mathematicians… Events and things that happened and happen remain a mystery. In our world miracles still occur and a shrug of the shoulders is the best explanation that can be offered in intelligent response.
There is still mystery to God as well. There are may questions that cannot be answered. The ‘why’ questions of life and death and illness remain as do the ‘how’ of miracles that occur. There is much we do not know of God. But there is also much we do know. God is love, compassion, peace, comfort, understanding, forgiveness, mercy, grace. He has plans for each of us and those plans are good. Yet there is still much mystery and this is also good. Faith and hope are still required of us in our relationship with God. Faith draws upon trust and experience. As we live out this life in relationship with God, our faith grows. In faith and hope, we live with the mystery of God because above all else, we know that God is love.
Scripture reference: Job 42: 10-17