If you order a book, a pair of jeans or anything else from Amazon the hope will be that sometime in the very near future you will actually possess the thing for which you paid. Now, depending on what the item is and what your urgency level is for that item you will decide the shipping method or the means by which it will come to you. If you just talk about how you appreciate it and how cool it is but don’t have a delivery method then you will not possess the thing you desire.
I am quite sure the scenario I just spoke of in the previous paragraph is not exciting, groundbreaking or even interesting to you. But what if it was actually happening in your life and you were waiting for the medicine that would heal someone in your family of a life-threatening disease? I think you would be exceedingly interested in the delivery method now. You would look into all the options available to you. You would gather price information, coverage area and read reviews or take recommendations based on expert advice and experiences of others that used your various delivery options.
So after all the analysis, USPS Next Day Air is clearly the top means of delivery for your needs. The reviews are all stellar and the drug company itself tells you that is the only shipping method they recommend for a variety of reasons. With all of this and a great deal more of positive input for USPS you choose to go a different route. You just don’t know if you trust all those airplanes, systems and then a truck with a driver you have never met to bring the medicine to your door. Instead you are going to use your neighbor kid’s bike because you used to ride a ten speed when you were a kid and you know bikes do actual move and the bike has a basket. You understand the gears, brakes and the tires. It is about a 2000 mile round trip but you only use means of delivery that you can fully understand.
What is my point? That it would be absolutely ridiculous to go with the bike method for the delivery of your important drugs. Just because you can’t understand the entire delivery process doesn’t mean you shouldn’t trust it. God has always chosen to do things in unique ways and He often uses tangible means to accomplish things that are both spiritual and physical. He does it when He uses people like Abraham and Mary to be a part of building God’s Kingdom. He uses means when He chooses to part the Red Sea with Moses’ Staff. Jesus chose to make wine from regular water and He even healed someone with mud made from spit. Gross! But it worked perfectly. Why doesn’t God do all this stuff in a way that I can fully comprehend and understand? He should use means that make sense to me.
He uses means to deliver the Gospel of Jesus Christ to us. He uses the Bible as the primary means of grace and in that very Word of God He tells us that the Gospel comes through Baptism and the Lord’s Supper too. It is the same Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the same grace, mercy and forgiveness. He chooses to bring the infinite power of the Cross and the Resurrection of Jesus to me in ways that remind me He is God and I am the recipient of His gifts. I don’t fully understand it but I don’t fully understand the Trinity or the Incarnation either. I will just say Thank You!
Trusting God’s Ways and Means,
Pastor Nick Mundis