The Revealer of Mysteries
by Pastor Gene
God beckons us to Himself. He beckons us to come daily and honestly. And when we do, He shows us things that we couldn’t have previously known.
God created us. He knows us. We stand naked before Him. (Yikes!) His Word scrutinizes the thoughts and intents of our hearts with surgical precision. It’s “sharper than a two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12). It discerns my thoughts. And it forces me to confront what it exposes about me.
God is the great revealer of mysteries. When Nebuchadnezzar was troubled by a dream that none of his wise men, soothsayers, fortunetellers, and frauds could interpret, the king summoned Daniel. He asked the prophet straight out: “Are you able to make known to me the dream that I have seen and its interpretation?” Daniel answered the king and said, “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked [he’s rubbing it in a bit here, right?], but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries” (Daniel 2:26-28).
Did you know that about God? That He reveals mysteries? And guess who one of the most mysterious people to ever walk the face of the earth is? Yes indeedy doo, YOU!
The truth is, in many ways we’re a mystery even to ourselves. And so, the Christian life is a life of continual self-examination and self-discovery. We’re told to “test and examine our ways,” to “consider” our ways, to “examine” ourselves to see whether we are “in the faith,” and to “remember” from where we have fallen” (Lamentations 3:40; Haggai 1:5, 7; 2 Corinthians 13:5, Revelation 2:5).
Furthermore, we’re sternly warned never to approach the Lord’s Table until we’ve first examined ourselves carefully. For “anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself” (1 Corinthians 11:28-29).
Now, as we do this, as we honestly examine our hearts before God, we discover a beautiful thing: God begins to show us the mysteries that lie there. We’re walking with Jesus in the journey of the Christian life and the Holy Spirit is teaching us, guiding us, leading us into “all the truth.”
On the night in which Jesus was betrayed, He promised is disciples that “when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come” (John 16:12).
The Spirit’s leading in our lives declares that we are truly sons of the Father! “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” (Romans 8:14).
When I examine myself, when I consider my ways, when I’m honest before God, He is always faithful to show me what I need to see about myself. He, the great Revealer of Mysteries, shows me who I am so He can make me who He longs for me to be.
Jeremiah 33:3: “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”
For consideration . . .
- How long has it been since the great Revealer of Mysteries has shown you something about yourself? If it’s been a while, why do you think that is?
- What has God revealed to you about yourself this week that needs to be a catalyst for change?
- Hebrews 4:13 is an intriguing verse: “And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” How do you feel reading these words? Comforted? Frightened? Challenged? Does it make you want to run for a needle, a spool of thread and some fig leaves?
- Do you sense the Holy Spirit’s leading in your life? To you sense the comforting of the One whom Jesus called the Comforter? Do you regularly purpose to “be filled” with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) and “walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16)? What do you think you might be missing? Have you been experiencing the Peace and joy that are yours as a birthright in God’s Kingdom? Life is so much more than the mundane realities of being tethered to the dust. “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Being “filled” with the Spirit begins with honestly confessing our sins to God and restoring fellowship with Him (1 John 1:5-9). “Walking” in the Spirit means walking through our day in purity, enjoying our fellowship with Him. Peace and joy are the fruit of life lived in the Holy Spirit. If you haven’t experienced these lately, ask the Revealer of Mysteries to show you why.
May 31, 2020
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