When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so arrogant I could hardly stand to have him around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years
Information is not revelation. Only the Holy Spirit can give revelation.
Recently, while thanking Father for a new day, I was blessed with the opportunity to share in several minutes of Christian fellowship. We thanked Father for providing another beautiful day, praised Christ Jesus and enjoyed a morning coffee in the presence of the Holy Spirit. My brother in Christ shared his frustration of trying to understand the book of Revelation in our Holy Bible. I assured him that I empathize with his frustration and expressed my vexation with trying to understand the book of Ezekiel. As a Pastor and fellow Christian I was guided, by the Holy Spirit, to share what was “spoken” to me as an encouragement to be shared in this common conundrum experienced by those of us that study scripture.
“Though man is made in God's image (Genesis 1:27), yet the nature of God in every way infinitely transcends that of man. Both the thoughts and the acts of God surpass man's understanding” (source: BibleHub.com). Allow me to present this thought a few different ways just so we are clear of my rationale.
· The original thought came from studying Father’s word in the book of Isaiah. Isaiah 55:8-9 declares, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
· Our human mind is finite and therefore incapable of understanding the infinite “mind” of our Father.
· Trust in our Holy Father. He gives to each of us according to our need…not our want.
· Do you recall in my writing where I suggested swapping the word righteousness for right-thinking? Christ Jesus said,”Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6).
· Okay, the last pearl I will share with you is….we do not need to understand everything, nor are we capable of understanding everything. If we did, we would be God!
In The Gospel According to Matthew one reads, “He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” (Matthew 26:39, NKJV). One of the lessons I learned from this verse was that even Christ Jesus was comfortable with telling Father His (Jesus’) will. But He (Jesus) knew to defer His (Jesus’) will to our Holy Father. In everything that we do, say, and think we MUST let it [whatever it is] be God’s will for us and not our own.