Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.
I forgot to mention to you that I would be gone last week to a conference. I hope you had a wonderful week! We had a great conference and learned a lot. No matter how long we've been walking with the Lord, we can always continue to learn and grow. And that's what I felt led to talk a little about today.
There are always things that we don't understand, things that are a mystery to us. And it seems to me that the older I get, the more I realize that I don't know! And when we do encounter the unknown, what do we do with it? It can be a cause for frustration. But it can also drive us to the One who knows all things, our Father God. When I was growing up and had questions, my mom always told me, "Go ask your daddy." And so there have been lots of things I continue to ask my Daddy. I am convinced that God does not conceal things to hide them from us as much as He hides them for us. We don't tell little children everything there is to know about anything. We answer them according to their age and ability to understand. But there again, I am always amazed at how much little children understand so much more than we realize. At any rate, as our scripture indicates, searching out things we don't understand can enable us to reign in life. We don't always like the answers that we find, but as we come to the truth, we can find freedom in it.
Colossians speaks about a mystery, the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory (1:26, 27). Paul goes on to say, We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect (mature) in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me. I want you to know how much I am struggling for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (1:28-2:3). There's our answer. That's where we can find the answer to our questions, the peace to our discontent. Jesus is our Savior and our Lord. He has our answers as we truly yield to Him.
Jesus has opened the way for us to receive His Spirit, the gift of the Father. We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. . . "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"--but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a ma except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. . . "For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:6-16). And in John 16, Jesus instructed His disciples concerning the Holy Spirit, "But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. . . He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you."
So Christ, by His Spirit, is continually teaching us and bringing revelation to us concerning that for which we seek. We say with the apostle Paul in his letter to the Philippians, Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me (3:12).
Are we not His disciples? To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:31, 32)." Jesus is our continual lifeline as we abide in Him.
Let us continue on our journey for truth. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.