A Journey of Discovery
I woke up a few days back with the end of Romans 11 on my mind. I love when that happens – when the first conscious thoughts of my day are of God and His Word. I wish that would happen every morning. I’m not there yet. But this morning, my first thoughts were not “gotta get moving” – not “here’s what I’ve gotta do today.” My first thoughts were about His presence – His Word – His joy – living life with Him.
Here’s the text that was running through my mind:
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?”
Romans 11:33-34 (NIV)
And there it is: No matter how much I know or how much I’ve discovered of Him, there is still far more to discover. No matter how much I’ve spent time in His presence, there is far more to learn about Him and receive from Him. No matter how well I know Him, I can still know Him far better.
There’s a bit of similarity to my marriage. Truth is, after 45 years of marriage, I am still getting to know my wife. Often, I find that I thought I knew how she would be or what she might say or what she thought… but she’s still a wonderful mystery to me and I love getting to know her more – getting to know her better.
But forever and forever, I will be discovering Him who is wonderful beyond all comparison. It’s not that He’s hiding Himself or keeping me in the dark. It’s rather that He’s so far beyond my capacity that I’ll be forever finding Him out. He wants to be known and discovered by us. He loves sharing His heart and letting us know His mind. We struggle to comprehend it. In 1 Corinthians Paul again quotes the Isaiah text, “Who has known the mind of the Lord…” and adds, “But we have the mind of Christ.” He loves to be discovered by us and has given us new capacity by the Holy Spirit. He’s not hiding, masquerading or withholding, but there is so much to discover that it will take us all eternity. This is the most glorious journey. I hope you’re along for the ride.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.
Psalms 139:17-18 (NIV)