Mysteries And Secrets
Many of us love to read mystery stories. The authors are very clever in what information they reveal to the readers. They try to reveal just enough information to hold our interest. They reveal one thing at a time in a step-by-step process. But they always withhold a few facts for the end of the story. I always prefer mysteries that have a happy ending.
God is the greatest mystery writer! Each of our lives is like a God-authored mystery story. He gives us a piece of information. When we have acted properly upon that piece of information He gives another. It is a step-by-step process. If we delay acting properly on one piece of information from God, we do not get the next one. If we are not willing to act on the information God has given us we place limits on where He can take us spiritually.
1 Corinthians 13:12: For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
God wants to provide all of the pieces of information that we need in this life.
James 1:5: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
If there is information that we do not have there are only two possible reasons we do not have it. One possible reason is that God does not want us to have it at this time. (There are some things that He will not reveal to us until we get to heaven.) The other possible reason is that we have not acted properly on the last piece of information. We are not in the place where the next piece of information will be found.
God has for us short-term goals and long-term goals. When we disobey God we miss at least a short-term goal. If we continue in disobedience we will also miss His long-term goals for us. When we repent of our disobedience He is always willing to give us a fresh start and get us going toward His goals again.
Lamentations 3:22-23: It is of the LORD*S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
When we reach one goal, God always has another goal planned for us. You may have heard the statement that it is easier to steer a moving car. You can*t steer a parked car and even if you could it wouldn*t accomplish anything. Likewise, it is easier for God to steer us if we are moving for Him. Abraham sent his servant to get a bride for his son. The Lord steered the servant because he was moving.
Genesis 24:27: And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master*s brethren.
God is willing to restart us on the right path an infinite number of times.
Commit . . . learn. Commit . . . learn. Commit . . . learn. Commit . . . learn. Commit . . . learn. The Christian life is daily or oftener commitments to the Lord. Today might be just one commitment. Tomorrow might be 20 commitments.
Jeremiah 18:1-2: The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter*s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.
Jeremiah 18:3-6: Then I went down to the potter*s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter*s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
This passage is a simple illustration of the fact that God leads us one step at a time. His plan was to first tell Jeremiah where to go and then His plan was to give Him some information when he got there. If Jeremiah had not gone to the potter*s house he would not have learned what God wanted him to learn there.
Lloyd John Ogilvie:
Whenever we have a conviction we do not live out, we block our sensitivity to hear further truth. We are so constituted that the final step of hearing is action on what we heard. Ruskin said that every duty we omit obscures some truth we might have known. Every thought and emotion must have a creative expression.
We Christians are also in the Lord*s hand and He is making us into what He wants us to be just a little at a time.
Isaiah 28:10: For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
We cannot take a shortcut to God*s goal for us. We must take every step. We ought to be content with where God has brought us thus far. And we ought to be totally dissatisfied and mystified when we don*t go where He wants us to go.