No One Has Imagined

We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.  No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.  None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  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—

these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.

  • 1 Corinthians 2:6-10

Since ancient times no one has heard,
    no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
    who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.

  • Isaiah 64:4

“Have you got God figured out?  Have you got God captured on a flowchart and frozen on a flannelboard?  If so, then listen.  Listen to God’s surprises.

“Hear the rocks meant for the body of the adulterous woman drop to the ground.

“Listen as the Messiah whispers to the Samaritan woman, “I am he – I, the one talking to you.” (John 4:26)

“Listen to the widow from Nain eating dinner with her son who is supposed to be dead…

“God appearing at the strangest of places.  Doing the strangest of things.  Stretching smiles where there had hung only frowns.  Placing twinkles where there were only tears.”

  • Max Lucado, Six Hours One Friday

I moved back to my old hometown when I was sixteen years old.  I had been in nearby Tupelo, MS.  I had joined the Boy Scouts and gotten my Eagle Scout there.  I returned to people that I knew, but when I arrived, I did not know them.

They had energy.  They had a glow.  They had Joy.  The Jesus Movement had hit.  Not by word of mouth from California.  It was spontaneous, as in spontaneous combustion, all on its own, the work of the Holy Spirit.  One girl had this smile on her face that would not quit.  I asked, “What was wrong with her?”

The reply was simple, “She met Jesus.”

Wait!  I had read the Bible, or had it read to me, from birth.  I knew Jesus.  I went to the same church with this girl.  We joined the church at the same time.

Yes, I was the one in the Lucado quote that had God figured out.  What I lacked was the Joy.  I had to surrender my life to God to get the Joy, but because I was a good kid to begin with…  Yes, it was a long struggle, but God got my attention.

In what way are you empty?  I needed Joy.  The Samaritan woman at the well needed water.  The widow from Nain was mourning the loss of her only son.  The adulterous woman (and where was the other participant?) was about to lose her life.  Of course, we all needed more than what was on our minds at the time.

We are all empty in one way or another, but Jesus is the answer in each situation.

And Jesus will fill areas of your life in ways that you never imagined, in ways no human mind could conceive.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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