Unravelling the mystery
Frank Fulop 29 July 2011
The Bible is like a divine jigsaw puzzle. With a puzzle, we lay all of the pieces out on the table. There are so many pieces of different shapes and colours and we are not sure all the pieces are there. Usually we are given a picture of what the completed puzzle will look like as a guide to help us put it together. As we study each piece for shape and colour, we slowly bring some pieces together until we have a few clusters of pieces touching each other or even joined by a single piece. As we bring more and more pieces together, there are fewer pieces to assemble and eventually the picture puzzle is complete.
And so it is with God’s Word. As we open up the Bible and read God’s word, we find it is filled with teachings written by different people over a period of about 4,000 years. As we find and absorb God’s Word each day, with the Holy Spirit as our guide, some of the mysteries begin to unravel and we understand. The more we read God’s Word, the clearer the big picture of his plan and purpose becomes, as our faith increases and we begin to fathom what he has done from beginning to end (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
There are some important differences between the puzzle and the Bible. The puzzle is a game. God’s Word is all about life, now and forever. The puzzle can be left to be completed for another day. With the Bible, if we do not seek and absorb God’s word every day, our faith weakens and we soon lose sight of the big picture that is being revealed to us.