God's Thoughts - Week of September 13th
By Judy NicholsSeptember 13, 2015
Revelation from God is a curious thing. We can and should be seeking it, as I do when I study to understand the Scriptures or pray or write. But often revelation comes in odd places and at odd times.
Other than the revelation of my need for a Savior, which caused me to come to Christ, the first bit of revelation I experienced came as I was weighing the pros and cons of moving to another city to take a job I had been offered. Driving home from a Bible study one evening, cruising down the freeway at sixty miles an hour, I suddenly knew beyond all doubt that this was not just a manÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s job offer, rather it was GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s call to serve Him full time. How did I know that? I hadnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t been thinking along those lines, but obviously, God was.
God is the source of all revelation. The Holy Spirit who indwells those who belong to Christ, mediates His revelation to us. Paul explained this to the Corinthians in his first letter. "Who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him?" No one else on earth can know what we are thinking. "Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God." In the same way, only God knows what He is thinking. "Now we have received . . . the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God" (1 Cor. 1: 11-12). And, "We have the mind of Christ" (v. 16). The Holy Spirit reveals GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s thoughts to us. Jesus told His disciples that the Holy Spirit would guide them into the truth and disclose to them what He heard the Father saying (John 16:12-15).
God is always thinking about us. I read somewhere a long time ago that if God could only think at the speed of light, he could have a kind thought about every person on earth three times every second of every day without any mental strain. He has good works planned ahead of time for us to do. As Paul said in Ephesians 2:10, "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." He has a will for each of us that includes not only where we will go and what we will do, but also how we should live. Paul prayed for the Colossians that they would be "filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects" (Col. 1:9-10).
Knowing that God has all these thoughts for and about me makes me want all the more to find them out. Like David, who penned Psalm 139, I think, "How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand" (Ps. 139:17-18). And I remember what God said to Jeremiah when he had been imprisoned, "Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know" (Jer. 33:3). I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t presently know all that God has in mind for me, but I know His thoughts and plans are good. And I know He stands ready, by His Holy Spirit, to reveal His thoughts to me.
Ã‚Â© Judy Nichols 2015