July 21, 2019
Good Morning Everyone,
9 But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”—10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. – 1 Corinthians 2:9-10
For many years, I taught computer classes through Community Education. It started by teaching computer basics to individuals who were unfamiliar with how to use a computer. The first time I taught the class, I quickly learned that I needed to teach to the lowest common denominator, those individuals who were having trouble turning their computer on. I had assumed that everyone would at least be familiar with the mouse and the keyboard, it turned out that they weren’t.
There was one individual who was telling me they had received a computer for Christmas from their children, but didn’t know how to use the foot pedal. I have to admit, that one threw me a bit. “Foot pedal,” I asked? “Yes.” They had tried putting the pedal on the floor and working it with their foot but to no avail. Suddenly, the light came on and I said,
“Do you mean the mouse?” Mystery solved!
Even today, almost 40 years since the introduction of the personal computer, people struggle with the basics and it’s perfectly understandable. Today’s computers are capable of doing so much, and have you seen the new smart phones? I probably only use about 10% of what my iPhone is capable of doing, I’m amazed when someone reveals to me what else it is capable of. So where am I going with this?
Most of us reading this have probably read our Bibles numerous times, but how much of God’s Word has been revealed to you? There’s a huge difference between reading God’s Word and understanding God’s Word. My church is currently doing a 40-Day Bible Reading Challenge; but it goes much deeper than just reading God’s Word. It’s giving us the opportunity to both read and study scripture together as a group. Digging into scripture with others gives us an opportunity to “hear” God’s Word with different ears, to read God’s word with different eyes. The result is God’s Word is being revealed to us as we dig deeper and really study what it says.
15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. – Ephesians 1:15-23.
There is great joy in the revelation of God’s Word. It’s like the first time you understand “X” and “Y” in Algebra (my personal favorite)! Or you finally learn to do something with certainty. Before beginning our Men’s Bible Study, I always pray that God will reveal His Word to our hearts so we can know how to apply it to our lives. It’s that revelation of God’s word that makes you hungry for more. It creates a deep-seated need to understand what God is saying to you.
29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. – Deuteronomy 29:29.
There is also great value in the revelation of God’s Word. Listen to the Word of God from the Book of Proverbs 2:1-12 –
1 My son, if you receive my words
and treasure up my commandments with you,
2 making your ear attentive to wisdom
and inclining your heart to understanding;
3 yes, if you call out for insight
and raise your voice for understanding,
4 if you seek it like silver
and search for it as for hidden treasures,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
7 he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
he is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
8 guarding the paths of justice
and watching over the way of his saints.
9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice
and equity, every good path;
10 for wisdom will come into your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
11 discretion will watch over you,
understanding will guard you,
12 delivering you from the way of evil,
from men of perverted speech.
Can I encourage you today to begin reading your Bible with discernment? Read it with the intent of really learning what God has to say. Join a Bible study, discuss God’s Word with others, feed your soul.
Today, as you consider God’s Word, rejoice that you are at peace with God, that you are indeed, a redeemed child of God.
Prayer – Almighty God and Father, precious Lord and Savior, what a blessing it is to read and study your Word. Your Word sustains us, your Word will not return to you void but will accomplish what you please. Thank you for the revelation of your Word to our hearts for it fills our souls to overflowing. How we love to meditate on your Word Father. Surely faith comes from hearing and hearing through the Word of Christ. Amen and Amen.
May God bless you richly as you dwell on his word.
In His Service,