Recently I was on an email thread that was discussing an MSNBC article, in which a scientist was claiming that Jesus may have walked on ice floating in the water, and not on the water itself. The thread was interesting in that several of the participants are PHD’s in subjectts like Chemistry, Nutrition, etc. The funny thing was that the article never questioned whether ice spontaneously floating in the middle of the dead sea, or that someone could actually balance on it in a raging storm, was a miracle or not.
However, what I really liked was what one of the people wrote:
As a scientist who thinks that evolution is pretty reasonable and does not really conflict with Genesis, I love the scripture in Proverbs 25:2. “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.” I agree with [name deleted] on the ice: a miracle either way.
So here it is a month later and this daily devotional from ActiveWord just came out:
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter. (Proverbs 25:2 NKJV)
Have you ever wondered why God didn’t give you a set of instructions that detail His plan for your life? Wouldn’t it help you to be in His will if He spelled it out for you? Why all the guesswork? There’s one word that answers each of these questions–relationship.
God knows that if you had a complete script of His will for your life, you would spend more time focusing on it than on Him. But by giving it to you one act or one scene at a time, it causes you to be constantly dependant on Him, and nothing fortifies a relationship like constant dependence. Solomon saw God’s wisdom in setting up life like this and wrote that it’s a glorious thing when He hides a part of His will from us because it forces us to search for it like a king searching for an important piece of information.
We live in an age where we’re accustomed to immediate gratification. Within a matter of seconds, we can listen to any song we want on the Internet and text-message someone half way around the world. As a result, many of us want to know everything right now rather than embark on a joyous journey of discovery. God, tell me how all this ends and then I’ll decide if I want to follow you. He doesn’t operate like that. God gives you enough information to get you started but not too much information, lest you start to stray from your relationship with Him.
Discovering God’s will requires the investment of your time and energy. This discipline leads to your reward as it deepens your relationship with Him.
I had not thought about this perspective before, but will spend some time with it over the next few days…