9 However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”[—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—
We are studying 1 Corinthians 2:9.
When you read the verse, it invites a stirring in your heart, something of an awe of God and excitement. At least that’s how I feel whenever I read it. In fact, read the verse again and reflect, what is the Spirit invoking in your heart?
Excitement. It seems like a surprise is coming. What are the things God prepared for those who love Him? No eye has seen? No ear has heard? No mind has conceived? Uhm, I’m in! Sign me up!
In order to help us understand what this could mean, let’s understand context. What was Paul, the author of 1 Corinthians, talking about before quoting this Old testament prophecy (Isaiah 64:4)
In verse 6, Paul was talking about God’s wisdom revealed by the Spirit. This message of wisdom, this “mystery”, was hidden before, but now is revealed. (Fact- the New testament letters talk about “mystery” and “secrets” a lot, in context of the culture and religions at that time. If you’ve read it several times, you would’ve noticed the Apostle Paul using the words)
Basically, God’s wisdom is nothing like our human wisdom. “The Bible Guide” (Andrew Knowles) describes God’s wisdom as “perceiving spiritual truth”, that “shows us the thoughts and purposes of Christ”. They also add that “God’s wisdom is most clearly seen in situations of weakness and suffering.”
I know, there’s so much in those 3 phrases! (If you need to go, SAVE this post, so you can read the rest later in my blog. If you’ve got 1 more minute, read the rest in my blog) See ya there!
- Perceiving Spiritual Truth
Goodness, our society right now reeks of lies that masquerades as “truths”, or even “this is my opinion”. I’m not saying we are not entitled to our own opinions, we are all made different and unique. You matter, and you deserve to be respected and honored. What I’m really referring to is people putting their “truths” above the Truth of God.
Is it ok if we don’t love our co-worker? Because they’re so mean and reckless and have no sense of respect to other human beings?
Is it ok to not speak up for the oppressed and disenfranchised because it’s too hard?
Is it ok to have sex recklessly and promote intimacy without marriage because it “feels good” and “I deserve this”?
I wish I can tell everyone who asks me to “yeah you can totally live your life according to the standards you set for yourself, and may GOD bless your life.”
I mean, can we really call ourselves followers and lovers of Jesus, take the benefits of being God’s children, but not obey Him? I mean, we’re all in a journey, sure, that’s a given, we can never be perfect until Jesus comes back again… but in your heart of hearts, can you ask yourself, that your desire is to love and obey God? Do you want to know the TRUTH even if it scares you? But is it really scary though? I believe not. It’s scary as it is holy, beholding God. He is GOD after all. But His Truth brings freedom. You don’t have to go through hardships alone and unarmed and unprotected.
Hard question, I know!
2. The Purposes and thoughts of Christ.
What are the thoughts and purposes of Christ? There’s the general purpose- advance His Kingdom on earth, restoration of everything- humanity, and all Creation! Then there’s the specific thoughts and purposes He has specifically and especially for each of us. So good, hey?
1 Peter 2:9
3. God’s wisdom is most clearly seen in situations of weakness and suffering
This part got me “whoa, it’s so true!”. Man! I’ve told one of my closest friends sometimes it’s annoying that we have this understanding and patience throughout the adversities we go through. It’s like you just wanna whine and complain and search the deepest parts of the Bible and other libraries in the world for answers of WHY you’re still stuck in a season- be it loneliness, poverty, any lack really… BUT then we can whine and complain all day long but we already know why (I mean we don’t really know the specific why’s), we know God is with us, His grace is sufficient, yada yada… And then THIS SENTENCE gives it lighter too.
God’s wisdom can truly be seen in weakness and suffering. It’s that understanding, that unyielding hope you have inside of you… that even when things are not working out the way you expect it to be, but you know that you know- you just know that this is not the ending. That at the end of all this, victory is ours in Jesus’ Name. That Jesus is coming back again, and then, when that time comes, it will be so beyond the capacity of our human comprehension. Even now, God’s wisdom is beyond our human comprehension.