Friday, October 22, 2010

Secret Things...(1 of 2)

We want answers, and we want them now.  The media feasts on this desire, often making up answers just to appease their audience, (us), who can't bear to live with unanswered questions.  When something weird happens, we want an answer.  When something bad happens, we want justice.  When something we can't explain happens, we want/demand an explanation.  Closure.  Answers.

The person I fear the most is someone who appears to have all the answers. Consider;

"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong." (1 Cor 1:27)


"Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder;
the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish." (Isaiah 29:14)


"Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?" (Romans 11:34, quoting Isaiah 40:13)

Do you ever stop to consider the greatness of God?  Consider eternity for a moment; think about it.  With God there is no time; there is no past, present or future.  He is eternal.  Before time began, He was.  He has always been.  Beyond the farthest galaxy, He exists.  There has never been a moment in time, if time existed with Him, that He was not.  And when our "finite" life on earth has ended, we will step into eternity with Him...or apart from Him.  Eternity...no end, no beginning.  It kind of blows my mind...I can't figure it out, and that kind of bugs me.  I think Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived put it best;

He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (Ecclesiastes 3:10)

Think about the word "holy" for a moment, which literally means "set apart."  God is holy.  He is not like us, but he is set apart.  Do you ever stop to consider the "otherness" of God?  He is a mystery, He is a Spirit.  His ways are above our ways.

And yet, He calls us to worship Him, to pray to Him, to commune with Him.  He calls us into a relationship with Him, and because of His love for us, He desires us to live with Him to eternity.

"The secret things belong to the Lord..." (Deuteronomy 29:29)

"What's your point?" you ask?  My point is this.  This holy, infinite God who holds all wisdom and the keys to the secret things, has made a way for you and me to know Him.  Do we?  Do I?  Not know about Him, but really know Him?  Proverbs 3:5-6 talks about "acknowledging God in all our ways."  That word for "acknowledge" literally translates as "know him" and implies an intimacy with Him.  Remember Jesus' prayer for us was that we would be "one" with Him; He in us, and us in Him.  Oneness...one heart, one mind, one purpose...to know the Father.

"How" you ask?  That is a lifetime answer.  But this much I know...

"But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul."  (Deut 4:29).

Have you?

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