S24P2 – The work of the Spirit: revelation

1 Cor. 2:9‭-‬10
But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.

In our lives there are people who we feel we know really well. We may say that we can predict their every move or that we know how they would respond to certain questions or in certain situations. Sometimes, however, those people can still surprise us. No matter how much a person reveals, we know that there is much more that is secret and hidden. When issues arise within the relationship we wish that we knew a little bit more about what’s going on inside him or her. We wish we had answers to our questions so that we can truly know the person before us. If we have difficulty getting to the heart of a fellow human, how much more difficult is it to get to the heart of God? Of all the relationships we can have, the most mysterious one will be our relationship with him. He is the most foreign to us, and He possesses an interior complexity that we will find in no person.

Without the Holy Spirit, we could never hope to know the mysteries of God. This scripture tells us that it is through his Spirit that God has revealed to us the great hope and promise that lay ahead. Not only that, the Spirit searches to the very depths of God. This is not a surveying of any superficial layers of emotion or intellect. This speaks of a true exploration into the mind and heart of our Creator, and this exploration serves a purpose. It exists to reveal to us all that the Spirit discovers within God. We will have questions in this life regarding the things that God causes or allows to occur. We will wonder why a certain prayer is not answered or a certain illness is not healed. These questions are a blessing because they show that we desire to know more of God. Luckily, He desires to reveal himself completely to us through his Spirit. If we seek to know him deeply, He will be faithful to reveal himself to us.

Some people think that it is a bad thing that our God is a God of mystery. They may think that He has something to hide or does not want us to truly know him. This could not be further from the truth. He allows his Spirit to reveal all of himself to us if we are faithful to patiently persist in getting to know him. It only takes effort and a genuine desire to know the one who created us and everything we see in this world. If we are not growing in our knowledge of God’s character and his heart, perhaps we must ask ourselves whether we are honestly pursuing that knowledge. Father, increase in us the desire to know You fully, and remind us daily that your Spirit makes available to us an unlimited knowledge of all that You are.