Sunday, September 21, 2014
September 21 – Knowing the mysteries of God
To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, so that, “Seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand; lest they should turn, and their sins be forgiven them.” (Mark 4:11-12 NKJV)
God doesn’t want anyone to be lost. He wants all people to turn to Him and be forgiven and saved, but He will not share the treasures of His kingdom — His mysteries — with those who disrespect and ignore Him.
Jesus had just finished teaching some very important things, but had done it in the form of a parable, and only explained the parable to His close disciples when they asked Him about it. Isn’t that unfair? Is it right for Jesus to say that some people will see but not perceive, and hear but not understand? Was it okay for Jesus to deliberately hide things by teaching in parables instead of plain talk?
The fact is we all have the same chances in life with God. If we show hunger for the things of God, and obey when He speaks, our eyes will see and our ears will hear amazing mysteries that God reserves for people He considers special. No matter what level of education we have, or whether our past is squeaky clean or filthy, the effort we make to draw close to Him determines everything. Some extremely intelligent people understand the mysteries of God, but many more are totally ignorant of them in spite of their high IQ, and even make fun of the idea of God and of people who live by faith in Him. Though they are intelligent, no amount of meditation and study will open up God’s mysteries to them because they have no desire to grow spiritually.
Decide that God will entrust His mysteries to you, by the way you live your life.