“…may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” Eph 1:17
Compared to how much we need to know him, we really don’t know him all that well; considering how much there is to know about him, what we know is nothing but a grain of sand on the boundless beach or a drop of water in the vast ocean. We may claim to know him, yet we really know nothing about him except the things pertaining to our salvation. God reveals to us what we need to know and keeps all the rest from us, for mystery belongs to God, and we will not comprehend it even if it is clearly shown before our eyes.
Others may be able to grasp the vastness of the universe and seem to know what dark matter is; that’s not for someone with a pea brain like me. How can anyone who can only travel four miles an hour on foot even penetrate the mystery of the speed of light? It puzzles me when I hear scientists discussing the distance from the planet earth in terms of millions of light years so matter-of-factly as if they can truly grasp the concept.
“The concept of space and speed is measured by our perception of time and distance, and when we escape from the bondage of time, surely reality changes instantly and we will no longer be governed by the law of nature that rules the earth,” I said to my wife during our mealtime.
“I guess so,” she nodded in agreement. Indeed, we must agree that the laws that govern this world will no longer apply if we enter into eternity when perhaps the entire cosmos will become our playground and we can leap from one galaxy to the other in a single bound.
This isn’t the subject of my discussion, however, for the speculative isn’t true knowledge and our imagination may get off track and take us into the world of fantasy, which has nothing to do with reality at all.
Only the knowledge of God is time-tested and boundless, transcending space and time. If the Lord so desires, he may reveal it to us and enable us to know it with the help of the Spirit of wisdom and revelation. More importantly, the measure of our understanding of him is in accordance with the measure of the revelation he chooses to bestow on us.
There are things that I have kept from my children and, unless I decide to uncover them, they will forever be shrouded in mystery. Even in an autobiography, no one leaves no stone unturned about him or herself. We reveal what we want to tell and keep what we desire to hide forever in the dark.
Even so, it should be our passion and insatiable desire to know God and to know him better, for to know him more is to love him more, and the more we know him, the more we will be drawn by him. So we pray that the Lord will empower us with Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that we will know him better.