For Those Who Love Him

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“But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’ But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:9-10, NKJV

The very essence of our faith is the deeply rooted understanding that what we now see and experience is not the end, but is only the beginning.  We do not, as so much of the world, walk as though blindfolded, hoping that we will not walk into a wall, hoping that tomorrow will be better than today. This is because, as those who have been redeemed and bought by Jesus Christ through His blood, our tomorrow rests firmly in the hand of God.

Paul said, quoting the prophet Isaiah, that the things which God has prepared for us are unseen by the human eye and unheard of by the human ear.  The world calls these things a fairytale, mere mythological prophecies that belong in an ancient Greek play. This is so, as Jesus said to His disciples, “because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given” (Matthew 13:11, emphasis added). As a result, because they have nothing to look forward to, the people of this world are ensnared by temporal pleasures and materialism – chasing after the wind in hopes that they might grasp some momentary peace and happiness. They are blind.

But notice who does see: the disciple of Christ, the one who “loves Him.” The people who belong to the true and Living God know that we have been rescued from the endless search for hope and joy that many millions today are searching for.  This is because we ourselves have been rescued from our own lost condition.  For years, we spent our “past lifetime” trying to become our own god, to lift ourselves up upon the throne of our universe, to control our final destination on the great ship of life. We repulsed the thought of a God who ruled over all – so instead of submitting to His Lordship, we jumped overboard and swam away searching for our own private island that we could rule over.

But then, at just the right time, God came looking for us. Our search for autonomy killed us, for we drowned on the way to our private island.  And yet, though we were dead and lifeless at the bottom of the sea, God’s Spirit came to us, lifted us up, and breathed new life into us.  At that moment, our eyes opened. The Jesus who we once rejected became beautiful, precious, and much to be desired.  The affections we once had centered on ourselves were mortally wounded, and we were no longer imprisoned to the insatiable hankering to rule and reign. We were free. Yes, we were given new hearts for God, and for the first time.

I write to remind you, O Christian, that you don’t have to search as those who have no hope, for there is infinitely greater joy ahead.  We so often forget the endless blessings of our great salvation, and we turn back to try and taste the darkness we once lived in. But the Spirit of the Living God yearns to draw you into “the deep things of God,” the place where every spiritual blessing in Christ is sweeter than the momentary joys that fizzle with the hour.

God loves to bless those who love Him – there is great peace and joy in the blessed presence of Christ that is reserved only for you, if you will again come to Him. So I challenge you: “Get your minds ready for action…set your hope completely on the grace that will be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed. Through him you now trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God” (1 Peter 1:13, 21 NET).

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