Today you should read: Proverbs 25
There are many things that the Lord knows that are simply beyond our understanding. Since God is omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all-powerful), and omnipresent (universally present), our trust should be in Him, not in our limited ability to reason or think. Verse 2 hits on this very idea:
It is the glory of God to conceal things,
but the glory of kings is to search things out.
Proverbs 25:2 ESV
We often will “search things out” to an unhealthy extent, especially where it concerns God’s will and our lives. We want to know every moment of our future, and in fact, we wouldn’t mind being a part of the planning process. But what if the Lord has concealed those things for a purpose? What if God wants us to live in the now? Could it be that the Lord truly knows our hearts and knows what we would do/be if we could see too far ahead? Let me say it in a different way:
What if God wants us to enjoy Him in His present will, right now, without us worrying about the future?
My thought is this: we typically look at “God’s will” as only a future series of events, a life yet to come. The truth is, though, that most of us are currently surrounded by opportunities to make a Kingdom impact (today & this week). Seize them! Live every moment for Jesus. Even one of the most famous verses about God’s will emphasizes present obedience ahead of what the future holds:
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2 ESV
Don’t get me wrong… Jesus wants you to have a godly future. You’re just not ready to see it today. That’s why it’s called faith!
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 ESV
What jumped out at you today? How are you going to apply what you’ve read? If nothing else, consider this: leave the concealed things to the Lord. Besides, would you trust them in your hands anyway?
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor
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Oh my. How many times have I wished for a crystal ball that would give me a glimpse of what is coming. Fretting and worrying over things I can’t control. I really want to be my own god and manipulate things to work out the way I think would be best. I really think I know.
But here I have the Great God, Creator, Wonderful Counselor who says He will give me wisdom freely. My times are in His almighty hands. AND He loves me! Oh me of little faith.
He has given us a glimpse of the future:
Eternity rests with Him! Jesus came once and He’s coming again in His glory! I will be changed; stripped of this sin suit I have been fighting with.
But for now, my life is hid with God in Christ.
Lord, help me let go of what is temporal and set my heart on things above. Let me trust You!