Thursday: 27th September, 2018
Reference text: Luke 9:7-9
Luke 9:9 And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him.
Herod speaks like someone torn between two extremes: for with great certainty, he knew that He had had John beheaded, so there was no chance that Jesus could be John. However, the people around him, believed it to be so. Thus, his curiosity was peaked and he asked the question ‘who is this man?’. That was a king trying to establish clarity and certainty over a specific matter that bothered him.
As we clearly see evidence of Herod’s desire to meet Jesus becoming stronger, my mind was drawn to this Proverb: ‘It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter’ (25:2). That was exactly what Herod was doing – seeking to make a discovery about the man, Jesus.
God, as the author and origin of life, always stands ready to reveal His mind to us. But, there are things He keeps concealed until we make the effort to search out. It’s as though He unpacks a revelation and then intentionally covers it with a piece of shroud, making it our task to uncover it. My dear, we can boast of being the inventors of things or origin of ideas, but what we really are, are discoverers of the gems God has hidden.
Do not therefore expect the unwrapping of every box before your eyes as God will play no part in making you a spoon-fed Christian. Step out there, dig into the word for yourself and you will uncover troves of treasure you never knew existed.
Remember # It is God’s privilege to conceal things and as ‘a king’, it is your privilege to discover them.