It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.
What a mysterious thought, that it is God’s glory to hide things from view, and we wonder how do those that are kings search out the hidden things? Today many ‘preachers‘ and ‘prophets‘ love to ‘reveal’ hidden things of God. They often come from ‘dreams‘ and ‘visions‘ and missions spring-up from their roots! Gnostic revelations and mystic thoughts – oh, and how men run after such ‘ministries’!
Secrets and mysteries belong to God, but many love to pretend they know His thoughts. Many love to share God’s ‘secret things’ with others, and many others love to receive them. However: 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 the words of this law.” Deut.29:29
How do kings really search out His hidden mysteries? How are His concealed secrets revealed to those who desire to find them out? True revelation lies in one realm and one realm, alone – the word of God. True revelation lies in the Holy Spirit inspired, God-breathed scriptures.
God may gracious illuminate the mind of man from His own Spirit-revealed revelation, but God’s revelation to man is an open secret in the scriptures of God: for God, spoke in many ways and means, in time past to the fathers, by the prophets, Hebrews 1:1 But God’s last and final revelation came through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He was the One appointed heir of all things through whom also He made the worlds.
It is only by Spirit’s illumination of Scripture that revelation is unfolded. If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God. John 17:7 God may indeed conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search it out – not through dreams, visions, and experiences of man – but via God’s Word: through searching the scriptures daily; through comparing scripture with scripture – through the illumination of the Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit teaches: comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 1Corinthians 2:13
Life’s circumstances may indeed be a gateway to understanding, Experience also can teach us many things but they are not an end in itself. The Spirit of God takes life experience and combines it with His Word. The Spirit uses this to teach us the truths that He would have us learn. It is the Spirit of truth, Who will guide you into all truth.
But God wants a heart that is entirely yielded to His leading and His guidance.. a heart that is totally, utterly and completely broken and humbled before Him.. a heart that is emptied of self, so that Christ can rule and be all in all. It is then that through life’s circumstances, some of God’s secret things can be revealed.
God reveals patience and other graces through life’s trials and temptations. God develops faith in the man or woman that is thus broken before Him. James tells us to count it all joy when you fall into various trials. James 1:2
Nights of black temptations and trial give way to mornings of joyful illumination.. but how do we understand the value of trials if we don't know the word of truth? And how do we learn that God is working in life to procure ultimate perfection in us? How can God use all things together for good if we do not feed on His manna? How do I learn to rejoice in my sufferings for you, if not from Scripture?
Paul tells us, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials.” 1 Peter 1:6. God reveals that faith and spiritual fruit is perfected through sufferings… but He also reveals that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
God combines the revelation in His word and illumination through His Spirit – to bring to light many hidden truths He wants you to understand. The purposes of God’s mysteries are not to tantalise or to tease us, for like Moses, who was shown the glory of God, we can only be shown so much: thou canst not see my face, for shall no man see Me, and live. Exodus 33:20
Yet more and more mysterious revelation from God was unfolded within scripture, until God Himself in the form of Man, showed His face, shrouded in servant-hood. But the day is coming when we shall see Him as He is. The day is fast approaching when we will know as we are known – but until then we see through a glass darkly. Yet in the power of the Holy Spirit, we have the mind of Christ.
Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God – how unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out! Romans 11:33 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter. Proverbs 25:2
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