Sunday, October 21, 2007

Are you hungry?

Only if your hungry should you read this excerpt from Dreaming with God- Bill Johnson

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter
- Proverbs 25:2

"People wonder why God doesn't always speak in more open terms- audibly, with visible signs, and other such ways. I don't know how or why it works this way, but the Bible indicates that God receives more glory when he conceals, rather than making things obvious. It is more glorious for Him to hide, and have us seek. In the introduction to the parable of the seed and the sower we find that Jesus did not merely use parables as illustrations, but at times to conceal truth so that only the hungry would understand (See Matt. 11:13, 18-23). It is the mercy of God to withhold the revelation from those who have no hunger for truth, because if they don't hunger for it, the chances are they won't obey it when they hear it. Revelation always brings responsibility, and hunger is the thing that prepares our hearts to carry the weight of that responsibility. By keeping revelation from those without hunger, God actually protects them from certain failure to carry the responsibility it would lay on them. And so He conceals. Yet, He doesn't conceal from us, He conceals for us!

But there's another part to this equation- for it is the glory of kings to search out a matter. We are kings and priests to our God (See Rev. 1:6). Our royal identity never shines brighter than when we pursue hidden things with the confidence that we have legal access to such things. Mysteries are our inheritance. Our kingship, our role in ruling and reigning with Christ, comes to the forefront when we seek Him for answers to the dilemmas of the world around us.

Jesus answered them, "To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted" (Matt. 13:11 NASB). We as believers have legal access to the realm of God's mysteries. It's that simple. The hidden things are placed in waiting for the believer to discover. They are ours by inheritance...


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