They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them." (John 14:21 NRSV)
We can sympathize with British philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell who was once asked what he would say if after death he found himself confronted by God. Russell replied, "I shall say to Him, 'Why did you make the evidence of your existence so insufficient?'" There is a part of us that says with Thomas, "Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe." We all long for certainty. But that is one gift that God has not granted us.
If God's aim is to produce mature spirits fit to spend eternity in God's presence, it makes sense that God would not reveal Himself in God's fulness to us. Such certainty would keep us perpetually immature. If a child knows that his father will always be there to solve every problem, to resolve every crisis, to comfort every sorrow, the child will never develop self-reliance. Our insecurity may be essential to spiritual growth.
God of peace, I know my world is not secure, but in you I will grow in your strength. In Jesus name, Amen.
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