Today's reading has a couple of messages I want to write about. These messages have a special meaning for me.
The first message is found in verse 7, "... God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began." What is this secret wisdom? Of course Paul is writing about God's power over sin and death. Originally, as seen in the Old Testament, humanity did not know the form salvation would take. The prophets knew salvation was real, but they did not know how it would be revealed. Of course God knew. He knew before time began, and it became crystal clear when Jesus rose from the dead. Jesus' resurrection proved that He had power over sin and death and could offer us this power as well. God's plan, however, is still hidden to much of humanity; humanity that either refuses to accept it, chooses to ignore it, or simply has not heard about it. The fact that God's plan is still hidden from many is a shame. We, as believers, are called to share the Word with others. If God's plan is hidden from someone you know, what are you doing about it?
The second message is found in verse 9. "... No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him." When I first read this I thought it was only talking about heaven. While it is talking about the life we shall experience in the presence of God in heaven, it is also talking about life on earth. Accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, following his commandments, and knowing the wonderful and eternal future that awaits us allows us to press on in this life, endure hardships, and avoid temptation. It allows us to face the work God has given us to do with an inner peace that others do not feel. It gives us the courage and strength to accomplish His will and not our own.
Wishing you much success in your walk with Christ,