However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.”
In my youth I had a favorite record. For those of you who may have forgotten, records were vinyl discs with a hole in the middle. Records were played on a record player and were the forerunner of music on cassette, eight track tapes, and compact discs (which are also now outmoded). Anyway, just as most children and young teens, I loved to play that one song over and over and over again
The name of my favorite song was the Surfing Bird by a group called the Trashmen. It was loud, incredibly annoying, and (at least to me) it was funny. Ultimately the record was destroyed by my grandmother who just couldn’t take it anymore. The Trashmen went into the trash can.
Since I’ve grown older I no longer like to hear, see, or read the same thing over and over. One time for a movie is just about enough for me. The same holds true for songs and books. The less repetition the better. That is, with one major exception. The Bible. It is the one thing, the only thing… that still remains as fresh and exciting to me as the day when God first granted me understanding.
Have you ever read a passage of scripture that you had read countless times before only to have it speak to you in an exciting new way? It’s like God shines a spotlight on a few words that take on a rich new meaning.
When I was a child we always had bibles lying around the house. In fact, I was given one before I could read. For years it collected dust on my dresser from lack of use. Every now and then I would pick it up and spend a few minutes trying to read it and then put it back down out of frustration. It was hard to understand, sometimes frightening, and certainly not interesting. Then, one day, that same Bible became the most wonderful and meaningful book I had ever read.
What changed? I had given my life to Christ and the Holy Spirit unlocked God’s truth. Now, many years later the Holy Spirit continues to illuminate God’s word to me through the Bible.
In yesterday’s Forever Notebook message I talked about how you are to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. When you rightly and truly love God the door is opened for some amazing privileges and blessings “that God has prepared for those who love Him.”
Through the ages these deep mysteries of God were hidden from man. “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived,” says Paul. Amazingly, these deep truths from the heart and mind of Almighty God were “prepared” for you, me, and all who are among those who love him.
In 1 Corinthians 2, the context is wisdom and power that comes from the Spirit. It was in this wisdom that Paul preached (1 Cor. 2:1-4) and it is through the enablement and illumination of the Spirit we understand the things of God. (v 14) To be clear, this understanding is only given to Christians by the Spirit who “searches all things, even the deep things of God.” (v 10)
The wisest counsel you will ever receive will come as God speaks to you through His word. Do you need comfort or encouragement? Does your life lack purpose and meaning? Are you struggling, hurting, or frightened? Are you facing a complex matter where you need clear solutions and answers? Do you just need to be loved and reassured that God has everything under control?
If you love God then, in faith, you need to access the mind of God through the Spirit He has given you. Call upon Him today and say, “Show me, Lord. Teach me, Lord. Give me understanding, wisdom, power, and knowledge that You have prepared for me.”
For you, a child of God through Jesus Christ, God has given the keys to the wisdom of the ages. Take advantage of this greatest of all privileges by coming into His presence, baring your heart and burdens, and hearing what He has to say on the matters of your life. Today, take hold of what God has prepared for you.
For more on this topic, check out this article: What It Means to Hope in the Lord
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 1 (January – March) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.