Two “puzzle” definitions for you:
- noun – a game, toy, or problem designed to test ingenuity or knowledge
- verb – cause someone to feel confused because they cannot understand or make sense of something.
I find it quite fascinating that God’s gifts are often puzzles. When His people were in the desert and complaining about their hunger, He heard them and had a gift for them. He said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not.” The people were puzzled when they saw it. “What is it?” they asked each other. They had no idea what it was. (Exodus 16:4,15). It was a double gift: an answered prayer and a puzzle of faith.
Doesn’t He answer our complaints (or prayers) in puzzling ways? Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water… My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work” (John 4:10,34).