Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me.…
1. A familiar proverb says "Speech is silvern, but silence is golden." Thoughts are often best expressed by silent acts than words. A grasp of the hand, a glance of the eye may stir us more than a trumpet peal. Christ looked at Peter.
2. Written revelation has its necessary limitations. Only essential truths are given. Much is left to inference. But silence is a source of pain and in no subject more than the future life.
I. LET US SEE THIS RETICENCE OF SCRIPTURE AS CARRIED INTO OTHER TRUTHS.
1. God's sovereignty and man's responsibility. We can deny neither; history proves both. For their reconciliation we must wait.
2. The Resurrection. Reason is staggered and asks, "How are the dead raised?" We cannot explain the process. But God's power is adequate. The darkness is not with God but with us.
3. The proofs of the existence of a personal God, The Bible simply assumes His existence. But we know that our watch must have had a maker. This we believe without referring to our ignorance of him. There must have been a Maker of the eye, whether we know Him or not.
II. FROM THIS THEME WE LEARN HOW TO INTERPRET GOD'S SILENCE.
1. It is God's glory to conceal a matter.
2. Secret things belong to Him; things revealed to us and to our children.
3. We are to walk by faith not by sight.
4. We are indeed to dig and toil for truth, yet ever remember that there are depths we cannot now fathom.
5. All true science is humble, and the language of our faith should be, "Even so, Father, for so seemeth it good in Thy sight."
(D. Murdoch, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.