You know that scientists are studying the various species of animals that live north of the Arctic Circle. Well, they have noticed a particular set of big white bears that act very odd. One day these bears will show a whole lot of energy and playfulness. The next day they will all be moping around, and snarling when another bear gets too close. These bears are either really up or really down. So the scientists have decided to name these strange bears “bi-polar bears.”
But God is also passionate about goodness, or the lack thereof. God in his love and passion for goodness is outraged by sin, and evil, and suffering, wherever he finds it. God is outraged by injustice, and hypocrisy, wherever he finds it. And God even hates death: perfectly, and completely, and all the time.
Sometimes we don’t know what to expect from God, because we do not see clearly what we need, or what the world around us needs. And this can be confusing.
The person we show ourselves to be, in any given situation may be a deception. There is, often, something untrue about us that makes having faith in God confusing. Can we trust the Lord to be what he is perfectly, and completely, all the time?
Even if we are the friends of Jesus we may be tempted by this world’s standards and rules for success. Success is good, and comfortable, and desirable. I like success; but sometimes success is superficial.
We do not see this. But this way of the Lord, of working through crosses, is typical, and maybe it is right for it to take us completely by surprise.