Thursday, October 30, 2014

“Someone and Something”

       It is a wonderful thing to "grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ," and thus to know more about God, His truth, and His loving involvement in our lives (II Peter 3:18).  It may also be just as wonderful to realize that there is much we cannot know.

    "The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all thing words of this law" (Deuteronomy 29:29).

    A God we could fully understand would not, by definition, be the God of Scripture.  "How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!" (Romans 11:33).  We can know much, of course, and our Lord calls us to expect and devote ourselves to an ever increasing discovery whereby "the path of the just is as the shining light, which shineth more and more unto the perfect day" (Proverbs 4:18).   The infinite truth of an infinite God beckons us to come ever closer, to drink ever more deeply of the Water of life, and to realize that regardless of how much we have received, understood, assimilated, and applied of Divine glory and reality, an everlasting eternity awaits to fill our hearts with "those things which are revealed."

    In both this life and eternity, however, "secret things" exist that we either cannot know, or that we do not need to know.  God is God; we are not.  Thus, He must possess and consists of realities beyond our created capacities for knowledge, understanding, and experience.  Wonder enters the consideration here, that intellectual, emotional, and spiritual sensibility based upon the reception of brilliant Light that thrills us, while also overwhelming us with the awareness that Someone and Something exists beyond every possibility of imagination.   We've all experienced such magnitude of illumination, perhaps when gazing into a starry sky, or viewing the span of an ocean that seems to stretch beyond far horizons, or looking into the face of a newborn baby, or discovering some new truth about God in Scripture, or in the faithfulness of His love revealed in our lives.  Our breath escapes us in such moments.  We shake our heads in wonder.  We may shed a tear, and we may attempt to pray a prayer of praise and thanksgiving.  Whatever our response, the hearts of those who believe know that Someone and Something speak in a language that possesses no words, singing to us more beautifully than any melody and harmony we have ever heard with our ears.  This is wonder.  This is God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who joyfully reveals as much in the Light He provides as in the Light He will not and cannot provide.

   Through the Son of God, the Spirit of God, the Word of God, the church of God, and the creation of God, we can know enough about our Lord Jesus to love, trust, obey, exemplify, and communicate Him to our particular sphere of influence for a lifetime.  We can also not know enough about Him for the same glorious purposes.  The Light of God beckons us with the Someone and Something it reveals, and keeps hidden.  We require both in order to rightly relate to the One who graces us with wonder in all…

"In Thy light shall we see light."
(Psalm 36:9)
"The light shineth in darkness."
(John 1:5)

Weekly Memory Verse
   Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous.  Nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
(Hebrews 12:11).

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