“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” (I Corinthians 2:9-12).
This verse is so often quoted when we find ourselves in the midst of circumstances we don’t understand and are desperately longing for a yet undisclosed future time when these “prepared things” of God will be revealed. We sometimes take on the mindset that God is working beyond the fabric of our understanding and we are merely slaves to our ignorance until His work comes to fulfillment and we can see it fully. Well, I have some good news, and it looks like this —. Yep, it’s a dash. You see, the above quoted Scripture is actually only half of what is written and the second half packs quite a punch. Are you ready for it?
“But God has revealed it to us by His Spirit.”
Whoa, the surprise ending really turns that whole verse on its ear! You see, this verse was never intended to be an explanation for why we can’t know or understand, it was meant to be an invitation TO know and understand. Let’s look at the three verses following –
“The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what He has freely given us.”
Did you catch that? The Spirit knows the deep things of God, including His thoughts. That same Spirit is in YOU, which means that you, through the Spirit have access to the deep things of God. It is a beautiful, vulnerable invitation to intimacy given by the Father to you. It is not, nor was it ever intended to be, an explanation for denied understanding.
So, my encouragement to you is to take those things in life that are vexing you and ask God for clarity and meaning through His Spirit, which was given so you can understand what He has freely given you. When we understand that God has given us a clear invitation to dive into the depths of His heart, it will change our mindset towards Him. It is impossible to perceive Him as distant when He has freely given us His Spirit, the key to His most intimate places, and welcomed us to explore.
By Trey Green, Director of the Night Antioch Discipleship School