“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.”
(Proverbs 25:2 NIV)
Ever wonder why God does not simply TELL us plainly about certain things? This question was posed to me in a five minute audio Bible devotional this morning by pastor Kris Langham.
I thought, “YES! Sometimes God is very clear, to the point, no wiggle room. Then there are passages that read like a foreign language, such as some of the passages in the book of Revelation. The great debate over certain messages in THAT book continues to this day. Plus look at the arguments that never cease from Genesis over Creation. Literal 24-hour periods or no? Big bang or God orchestrated? Evolution or everything after its own kind?”
I could not wait to hear the answer, and the pastor did not disappoint as he shared a verse that someone showed him. Now I will pass it on to you in today’s key verse written above just below the title and by-line/date. The answer has been tucked away in Proverbs 25:2 for centuries. Here is pastor Langham’s answer:
“God creates mysteries. He conceals and shows us His glory, but mankind has a glory as well. We search things out. It is a kingly thing to dig and uncover. We are made to be full of wonder. God does not conceal to make a thing unknowable. He conceals to make us dig because there is something we learn in the digging, more than just information; experience... people gain the knowledge of God.”
My head was reeling as that word, “experience,” jumped out at me. When my brain connected with that word, I stopped listening to that pastor because the insight was flooding in through identity. I experience God in my digging. I don’t simply read ABOUT Him. I EXPERIENCE Him! That is SO true. I feel His presence as the Word comes alive and active in my soul. My gut wrenches with the slicing of conviction from His Truth that cuts like a two-edged sword. I stand amazed with mouth agape as the lightbulb of understanding comes on and the warm glow of His teaching overcomes my emotions, often seeping out in tears. I might get touches of some of that when I read or listen to a sermon, but for me personally, I only get ALL of that when I dig in, search out, and study. There is nothing like that moment of discovery when you find that for which you searched.
If you are a parent, you can identify with this, too. We can tell our children, “That bouncy house is so much fun,” but what a shame it would be if we never let our children experience it.
How about those clips on Facebook where a color-blind person puts on those special glasses and sees color for the first time? Or those videos of people hearing for the first time or infants discovering clear vision when their distorted world comes into view with a tiny pair of glasses? Admit it. Tears came in your own eyes, and you were just the viewer of the experience. Imagine what it was like for those recipients.
God wants to give you the best blessings when He forces you to search for the answers. Rewards and treasures are there to be discovered and experienced in the Bible. What are you waiting for?
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