Great and Hidden Things

16 02 2009

Amazing Grace is … not so much a thing that happens to us, but rather, it is God himself.   Amazing Grace is not so much just ‘undeserved kindness, or unmerited favour’. Like a beggar, or pauper, might be given. No.

Rather, it is God, in Person (ha, in three persons), moving towards us, and doing us good … the good we surely need.  It is God himself who cleanses the guilt of our sin, and erases our track-record of wrongdoing, wrong thinking, and sheer stubborn willfulness. It is God in his grace flowing in powerful ways into the deep recesses of our troubled minds and hearts, and sharing his own very life with us. It is so good, everyone should come to receive, this God, this  … three-personned God. 

God, in Jesus Christ, then shows us great things, such as the truth of the Cross. He tells us wonderful things, that we had not know before – things like the identity of God – our Father. Things like the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, as advocate and guide, and things like the strong, patient and expectant friendship of Jesus, with us.

What about this promise to Jeremiah, carrying over for a Christian person too:

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known (Jeremiah 33:3).

What a life, calling upon this One who opens the mysteries of faith to us. What a life, being shown things, we have not known.

We often think of research scientists, chemists, physicists, and laboratory workers, making discoveries. But do we ponder the One who placed them there to be discovered. Do we think of the joy of God, in sharing the whole created order, the galaxies, and all the minute details of creation and life and love, and grace, with us?

Great for a scientist, to make ‘discoveries’.

Great for a person to, say, – find out what is wrong with them, and then to ‘happen upon’ an appropriate treatment.

Great for a scholar, or student doing a thesis to gain crucial insight into their topic, to then share with others. Ah, what a relief. 

Great for a gardener, to discover new ways of planting and fertilizing and stimulating new growth and production. 

Great also, for an ordinary person, to live a life of joyous surprising revelations!

It is our glory!  

That is why, the following proverb is such a wonderful insight, and summary:

It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out (Proverbs 25:2).

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