Day 101: Concealed Things

Luke 9:43-45 :

But while all were marveling at all the things which Jesus did, he said to his disciples, “Let these words sink into your ears, for the Son of Man will be delivered up into the hands of men.” But they didn’t understand this saying. It was concealed from them, that they should not perceive it, and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.

Here we see that God sometimes tells us things that we will remember but that we won’t understand at first. I experience this principle at work when I read the Bible. Even though I have read some parts of the Bible many times over many years, some parts remain a mystery to me. Every once-in-a-while something that I have read frequently is made clear by God to my mind. When this happens it is a very good experience. It is interesting to me that this experience is not something the world thinks is desirable, but leaders know better:

Proverbs 25:2 :

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing,
but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.

God’s concealed things are worth searching out and He conceals some of them for us to find. This is one reason why we study the Bible. When we do, we are blessed by what God shows us and it is a great experience. When we study something that is difficult to understand, it involves reasoning and mental energy. If we try to subdue our mental reasoning abilities we cannot experience discoveries in God’s word. Drugs and other religious practices are used by the world’s system to dull the mind and leave a person open to demonic spiritual experiences instead. Scientists also say that our minds still need reason and a lack of reason may cause some to deaden their minds with drugs and alcohol or fill the mind with artificial imaginary things like those provided by video games, sports and endless theories.

Instead we should take the pathway of kings and search matters out. We don’t need to be “afraid to ask” about things to God because we are His children and He wants to give us good things:

Matthew 7:9-11 :

Or who is there among you, who, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, who will give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

James 1:5 :

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach; and it will be given to him.

There are some things that God chooses to keep a secret even though we ask:

Acts 1:6-8 :

Therefore when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, are you now restoring the kingdom to Israel?”

He said to them, “It isn’t for you to know times or seasons which the Father has set within his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. You will be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth.”

We should still ask and allow God to answer:

John 16:24-27 :

Until now, you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be made full. I have spoken these things to you in figures of speech. But the time is coming when I will no more speak to you in figures of speech, but will tell you plainly about the Father. In that day you will ask in my name; and I don’t say to you, that I will pray to the Father for you, for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me, and have believed that I came forth from God.