Monday, October 22, 2007

Quote of the Week

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


G.K. Chesterton; Introduction to the Book of Job, 1907

8 comments:

Craver Vii said...

I like that quote. Sometimes it's okay to just say "I don't know." There are certainly some things that God makes quite obvious, other things that are not so easy to see, and still other things that I will not know this side of heaven (or maybe even there, too).

Ted M. Gossard said...

I love that quote, and I love what I know of G.K. Chesterton. I want to get into his writings. Phillip Yancey has a book with a chapter on him; fascinating.

Halfmom, AKA, Susan said...

Now if I could just understand the riddles of God! Mostly I figure it's just over my head to understand and I'll find out when I get to heaven - or by that time, I just won't even care!

Every Square Inch said...

Craver

"I don't know" is one of my phrases. Perhaps it's because there's a lot that I don't know.

Ted,

I'm not aware of the book you're referring to.

Susan,

I think Chesterton's point is even when we don't understand, there is something satisfying about the mysteries of God to a Christian's soul.

L.L. Barkat said...

Saying a lot, since the solutions of man are often quite elegant.

Halfmom, AKA, Susan said...

Yes, satisfying is a good word to use, especially for me. Apparently one of the first words to come out of my mouth was "why"? I have an incessant curiosity about how things fit together to for either health or disease. So, for me to be able to be happy to just "let it rest" means that I am truly satisfied with God Himself (at least for a few moments) rather than in knowledge about Him.

Now, as to you being a sullen or passive aggressive child? You're right, the ones you have to watch out for are the ones who smile sweetly (I had two of 4 this way)and say, "yes m'am" while their fists were clinched in anger under the table. So open rebellion was at least easier to see.

However, the openly rebellious are more easily deceived I think, in believing that they have truly gotten to the root of a problem because the behavior seems so much better.

Mark Goodyear said...

Chesterton is one of my heroes. You've seen that quote of his in my banner, right? That's what I call backdoor evangelism.

Not that there's anything particularly backdoor about the rest of my blog...

ChosenRebel said...

is there anything that Chesterton wrote that isn't quatable? Honestly, the man knows ho to make words do what they are supposed to.