Pastor's Letter

Dear friends,

Sometimes we just don’t understand everything. Actually, let me correct that: none of us will ever understand everything!

Yes, science is making progress, but there are still so many things we simply don’t know, so many illnesses we still can’t cure, so many conflicts we can’t seem to resolve… not to mention the many contradictory claims about what will happen when we leave the EU!

And then there’s the even bigger mysteries of our faith: how can God become a man? What will really happen when Jesus comes back? Why does he allow his church to suffer? And why is it so hard to throw off sin, when all we really want to do is please God and strive for holiness?

Some of these questions have answers; some have partial answers; some have conflicting alternative answers; and some are way beyond human comprehension.

And that is as it should be. If we could understand every mystery, we would be divine – and as I imagine few of us would make such bold claims (unlike the ancient Roman emperors), we can’t expect to understand everything.

And that doesn’t just apply to the “big”, eternal questions; it includes simple things in our own lives, like illnesses and financial issues and family trouble.

We can’t understand everything – but we can take it to Jesus. The Bible keeps encouraging us to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Prov 3:5).

Our limitations are meant to drive us to Jesus our Lord, the only One who knows and understands everything – and who can still support us and sympathise with us, because he himself became human!



(February 2020)

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