The Riddles of God are More Satisfying than the Solutions of Man

Lately, I’ve spent quite a bit of time working on designs that involve quotes.

To be honest, I seem to do that more than anything else. For years, I couldn’t quite figure out what it was about letters that fascinated me. Now I’ve come to view typography and lettering as just another facet of design. Letters are a form of art, aren’t they?

When I’m not working on designs from my home office, my other part time, seasonal job involves personalizing Christmas ornaments at a large Christmas store in the area. Lettering is art, I tell you.

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Inspired by the Wit and Wisdom of Chesterton

So this design here is a quote by one of my favorite authors, G.K. Chesterton, who wrote during the turn of the 20th century. You can read more about Mr. Chesterton here.

I was reading something he wrote, when I was struck by this brilliant quote,

The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man.

Wrap your head around that one, will you.

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Satisfaction in God’s Riddles

I suppose several years ago I would have scoffed at this phrase. But with age comes at least some wisdom, right?

What does this even mean?

Years ago (reflected in some earlier writings, some of which have been deleted because — wow, was I off base), I was very hung up on black and white…the letter of the law. Everything had to fit neatly into my box, which I wrongly felt was also God’s box. I did not, by any stretch of the imagination, like it when God messed up my preconceived notions of what should and should not occur based on my good works and my understanding of His Word.

Silly me.

I’ve come to really appreciate the fact that God leaves some riddles for us to wrestle with for our own spiritual health, and to draw us closer to Him.

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One of my favorite verses teaches us that if we ask God for wisdom, He’ll give it freely to us. (James 1:5). Instead, we prefer to read books and blogs and articles that give us three succinct points to check off in order to get the desired outcome.

Younger me would have probably asked what you’re also probably wondering. How exactly is wrestling with God’s riddles more satisfying than having a clear-cut solution, three points, and a prayer? 

Let me tell ya. It’s all about our hearts, as with most things. It’s the satisfaction of knowing that I’m never going to have God figured out, or life figured out. I will never have parenting figured out, or marriage figured out, or holiness figured out.

But God, thankfully, not only has it all figured out, but He also is in control, and I need only to trust in Him as I wrestle, and He illuminated my next step.

Buy the Design

This particular design is now available in my Zazzle store in a few different products, including Tote bags, pin-back buttons, and t-shirts.

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