In the deep and hidden places with God He has hidden for us many wonderful things, things we truly have a hard time imagining. He prepared them, made and keeps ready for us-those of us who love Him, those of us who treasure Him, those of us who hold Him in esteem, those of us who have learned to obey Him and who can recognize that these gifts and benefits come from Him.
Have you ever known or heard of someone who came into wealth rather quickly and instead of being grateful and sharing their wonderful new found fortune, they became greedy, haughty and no longer would associate with those below them. “Pride cometh before a fall” is in the book of Proverbs and these people usually fall from their high place. Or maybe you’ve known someone who got a promotion before you did and suddenly they were so much better than you that they no longer “knew” who you were. Maybe the very thing that got them their promotion was suddenly lost. This can happen anywhere…in the business world, in the political realm, in your neighborhood, or even in church. It even happens in school all the time, like with PTA and volunteers, those who seem to be doing better financially will rarely associate with someone who seems of lesser finances. It is so odd…do we think our bank account amount is what gives us our worth? God says He hates this.
In Proverbs 6:16-19, God tells what He hates, He lists seven things: “These six things the Lord hates, indeed, seven are an abomination to Him: a proud look (the spirit that makes one overestimate himself and underestimate others), a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that manufactures wicked thoughts and plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies (even under oath), and he who sows discord among his brethren.” God hates it when someone thinks they are better than someone else. So before we can go on to be truly blessed of the Lord, walk in His blessing, be blessed beyond our wildest dreams, have enough money to fund the end time harvest and really be a substantial help to the kingdom of God and also let the world see that God loves to lavish on His children, there are a few things we need to learn. In our quiet time spent with the Lord, He wants to teach us that ALL good things come from Him. We must learn that we can’t take credit for ANYTHING. We make a good decision and everything turns out great. Should we pat ourselves on the back, NO! We can’t take credit for that, inside us resides the Spirit of God who leads and guides in all truth.
God is called the Wisdom of the ages and so also that is the Spirit that resides in us. He gives us the wisdom to make a wise decision. Since He is in us it will come as a natural thought and we’ll think it is our own, but it is His thought to help us out. The Holy Spirit that lives in us is known as our helper, our standby, our intercessor. By Him we know all things (1 John 2: ). This is not to give us the big head and make us arrogant, but it is for us to be able to accomplish on this earth what God, the Father, the Creator of this universe, wants accomplished. And the only way we will know what He wants accomplished is by spending time with Him. That is done both in reading His Word, the Bible, and in spending quiet time with Him in prayer. Not a time where we do all the talking, but a time when we may talk, bring requests to Him, ask Him questions about things and ask Him for help, but also where we sit quietly and let Him bring to our mind and spirit His thoughts, desires, plans, and dreams. He wants to be one with us. We are here in human form, He is in us in Spirit form…we work together to get His plan done on this earth. We let Him tell us what He wants done and how and we yield our bodies for Him to use to get it done.
People with a “take charge” attitude have such a hard time with this because they want to up and run with something before they get the entire plan. They sometimes get an idea and half prepared think they know how it must be done. Then if they fail they don’t understand why. And they totally don’t understand a person who gets the idea and plan from God but who doesn’t up and run with it. In my case God many times gives me His plan, His idea and then I have to “sit on it” so to speak. I have to take the time to ponder it, pray over it, and listen for each step He tells me to do and then I hear in my spirit: “Okay, now go do it.” And then it gets done. I don’t ever have to worry if I’m waiting too long to do something because when He’s ready and He has all the things lined up for it to be done, He just tells me. And all along the way as He is doing His part in getting things lined up He will tell me my step. If it is time for me to call someone, He’ll tell me who to call. If He tells me to find something, He’ll tell me where to look. I love it. It so takes the weight and responsibility off me. All I have to do is listen. He’s in charge and it is His plan, so He knows how to get it done and all I have to do is my part and He even tells me what my part is!! How wonderful is that! What a great Father! Now even if I decide to be one of those people that runs with something thinking I know how to do it all, He’ll even let me fall on my face and fail; He did give us a free will. And in that free will we get to choose failure or success. So when we come back to the place that we say: “Okay, God, I didn’t wait for you to give me the whole plan and strategy. I repent, tell me what to do”, do you know He will even let you start over. What a God, His trust in us is unfathomable.
1 Corinthians 2:5-13: “That your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Yet when we are among the full-grown (spiritually mature Christians who are ripe in understanding), we do impart a (higher) wisdom (the knowledge of the divine plan previously hidden); but it is indeed not a wisdom of this present age or of this world nor of the leaders and rulers of this age, who are being brought to nothing and are doomed to pass away. But rather what we are setting forth is a wisdom of God once hidden (from the human understanding) and now revealed to us by God–(that wisdom) which God devised and decreed before the ages for our glorification (to lift us into the glory of His presence). But, on the contrary, as the Scripture says, What (natural) eye has not seen and (natural) ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, (all that) God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him (who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed). Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit, for the (Holy) Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God (the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man’s scrutiny).
For what person perceives (knows and understands) what passes through a man’s thoughts except the man’s own spirit within him? Just so no one discerns (comes to know and comprehend) the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have not received the spirit (that belongs to) the world, but the (Holy) Spirit Who is from God, (given to us) that we might realize and comprehend and appreciate the gifts (of divine favor and blessing so freely and lavishly) bestowed on us by God. And we are setting these truths forth in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the (Holy) Spirit, combining and interpreting spiritual truths with spiritual language (to those who posses the Holy Spirit).