In Whom Does God Confide?

September 28, 2011

Friends,
It is a strange thing that so many who call themselves Christ-followers admit that they do not regularly hear from the Lord, if at all. What a strange thing indeed if such a person is “born from above… of the Spirit” (John 3:3-8) of God and has thus become His temple. (1 Cor. 6:19) Should we not think it normal for such a person to hear from the Person dwelling right inside one’s spirit?! How else is the Counselor Jesus sends us (John 16:7) to guide us into all Truth? (v. 13) How else are we to walk in Christ’s promise, “My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.” –? (10:27) Does not God answer us when we cry for help (Isa. 30:19) and grant us assurance, saying, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.'” –? (v. 21) Are we not being promised that the ears of our spirit will hear our Shepherd?

What should we expect to hear from our Counselor, Savior, and God? Among many things, we should expect to hear which way to walk. This is what we are promised in the above verse. Numerous times He says such things in His Word, like, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” (Ps. 32:8) The Lord does this by pointing out insights from His Word, confirming them through other means, and then often validating them again elsewhere in His Word.

Who is it the Lord does this for? Those who fear Him. Does this not describe all Christ-followers? It most definitely should!

Ps. 25:12 says, “Who, then, is the man that fears the LORD? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him.” Is this not comfort –and another promise of guidance? Certainly! And what else is promised in the next verse? “He will spend his days in prosperity, and his descendants will inherit the land.” (v. 13) But even better than this, let’s read further: “The LORD confides in those who fear Him; He makes His covenant known to them.” (v. 14) Wow! This is high privilege!!! Yet it is promised to any of us who fear (honor, reverence, and worship) the Lord! How else do we gain this knowledge? –By keeping our eyes focused steadily on God. (v. 15) How is that done? By reading His Word diligently, listening to His voice through it to our spirit, and obeying the amount of revelation we’re given. If we listen and obey, we will hear more. (Luke 8:17,18)

God says in Isa. 42:9, “See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being…” Listen to this: “…before they spring into being I announce them to you.” God is saying He tells us things ahead of time. No, not everything. But certain things to certain ones of His people who He, for various and several reasons, decides to do so for.

God says in Isa. 45:19, “I have not spoken in secret… I have not said to Jacob’s descendants, ‘Seek Me in vain.'” Is God not saying that He speaks plainly to those who belong to Him and that He reveals His secrets to those who seek Him? (Jer. 33:3 & Ps. 119:18) He is! As Jesus says in Matt. 13:11, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them [–not to those who won’t seek –v. 44].” They may be told (Isa. 48:3,5,6,16), but they refuse to understand –v. 8. Dan. 2:22 says, “He [God] reveals deep and hidden things.” But to whom? Jesus tells us in Luke 10:21: “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.”

Children? Yes, those in God’s family who humbly fear, seek, trust, and obey their Heavenly Father. For whom has God given the right to boast in knowing Him? (Jer. 9:24) The right is given to those who are lowly, foolish, ignorant, non-influential, weak, and despised by the world’s standards. (1 Cor. 1:20-2:5) But the world doesn’t understand that “God’s secret wisdom” (2:7) is being revealed to those who are taught by His Spirit. (v. 10,13,16) As was promised way back in Dt. 29:29, “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.” God reveals things to us so that we can more closely obey and please Him, we who by “faith are blessed along with Abraham” (Gal. 3:9) and who now live by “the law of the Spirit.” (Rom. 8:2)

God says in Isa. 46:10a, “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.” Who does He do this for? He does it for those He confides in. God continues: “I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill My purpose. What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do.” (v. 10b,11)

To whom has God revealed His plans? Amos 3:7 answers: “Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing His plan to His servants the prophets.” Who are the Lord’s prophets now? They are those who have hidden God’s Word in their hearts (Ps. 119:11), minds, and spirits, and proclaim it from their mouths. “He who forms the mountains, creates the wind, and reveals His thoughts to man…” (4:13) Who does this? –The Creator. –To what man? Prov. 3:33 answers: “The LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into His confidence.” So, we see again that it is the upright, the righteous, those who fear God and walk in His ways… whom God confides in. But there is a contrast made here… The perverse man is not awarded such privilege.

In considering all the verses above, what do they reveal concerning those who claim to know the Lord but do not hear Him speaking?

I believe the answer is self-explanatory.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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