Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Mysteries Of God

A quote on the cover of the new Joshua Harris book, Dug Down Deep, reminded me of what the "mysteries of God" truly are. Harris wrote, The irony of my story is that the very things I needed, even longed for in my relationship with God, were wrapped up in the very things I was so sure could do me no good. I didn't understand that seemingly worn out words like theology, doctrine and orthodoxy were the pathway to the mysterious, awe-filled experience of truly knowing the living Jesus Christ.

When the apostles speak of mysteries in Scripture, they do not mean things which we cannot know. They speak of things that have been revealed, the deep things of God that He desires for us to know. What follower of Jesus Christ does not want to experience the awe-filled experience of truly knowing the living Jesus Christ? Yet, these mysteries are not found while skimming Scripture or simply sitting in a worship service or Bible study. These mysteries, revealed by God to His children, are not known by them unless they dig deep into His Word.

Many will drive for hours to a conference or concert, fast and pray for an "outpouring," and then spend no time at all finding the truly miraculous mysteries of God revealed in the study of His Word. Why are we so slothful when it comes to the study of God? Is it that we fear facing our own ignorance? One of the greatest griefs in the life of a pastor is the refusal of those under His care to put forth the effort to discover what God has revealed. One of his greatest joys is to see and hear the excitement of those in his flock who are discovering the mysteries God has revealed.