Voices: The Riddles of God

I came across the following words of G. K. Chesterton quoted in a tweet: “The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man.” I did a little digging and found the context and the quote gets even better. It comes in the context of an introduction to the book of Job found in the Old Testament.

“The other great fact which, taken together with this one, makes the whole work [the book of Job] religious instead of merely philosophical, is that other great surprise which makes Job suddenly satisfied with the mere presentation of something impenetrable. Verbally speaking the enigmas of Jehovah [God] seem darker and more desolate than the enigmas of Job; yet Job was comfortless before the speech of Jehovah and is comforted after it. He has been told nothing, but he feels the terrible [awe-inspiring] and tingling atmosphere of something which is too good to be told. The refusal of God to explain His design is itself a burning hint of His design. The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man. [1]”


[1] G. K. Chesterton, Introduction to the Book of Job (Titus Books), Kindle Edition.