S43P6 – The God of understanding: revealer of mysteries

Eph. 1:7-10

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness and complete pardon of our sin, in accordance with the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and understanding He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, with regard to the fulfillment of the times—to bring all things together in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth.

I was not trying to ruin things; that is just how it turned out. When I learned of the news, I was over the moon. It was not my news, but it was something very important to someone who is very important to me. I knew that she would be so happy to hear this, but there was a time when that was to be shared with her. It started with me saying that I had a secret that I could not tell. Then I debated with myself whether I should say something because I thought I would burst. I could not wait to tell her the news as if it were me waiting to hear it. I tried my hardest, but eventually it slipped out. I just knew this news was so good, and she would be so happy to hear it, and I could not contain myself. I just could not wait to clue her in.

When I think of God having secrets and mysteries that are yet to be revealed to us, I usually see him being very stoic in his waiting. I see him doling out knowledge and understanding in a very systematic and reasoned manner. I wonder, however, whether his pleasure in sharing his mysteries with us carries more emotion than that. If we consider what Jesus Christ accomplished, we must consider whether God’s pleasure at our learning of his salvation plan would have brought incredible excitement to him. Imagine what it would be like to reveal to someone the secret that they are not lost. Imagine the love that came through in that moment. When I think of all of this, I now think that perhaps God was just dying to share this mystery with us. I now think he felt as we sometimes feel, when we simply cannot contain ourselves.

When scripture says that it gives God pleasure to reveal his mysteries to us, we must consider that this means more than just a smile on his face. This is a Father who has made a way for his children to be redeemed from sin and death. The pleasure He feels at his children realizing the opportunity of redemption and taking hold of it must be immeasurable. We may not ever think of God as being giddy, but I see him being very giddy with excitement awaiting this revelation. What a sweet surprise this was for us, and what an incredible treat it is that we have so many more mysteries to be revealed to us. Father, thank You for the revelation of your secrets and the fact that is pleases You to share them with us.