Even though you haven’t seen it, if God said it, that settles it.
Text for Today – 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 – But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
I remember in the days right after receiving the baptism in the Holy Ghost, a relative newlywed, my bride and I were attending a small Pentecostal church. The people were precious and loving, and the pastor was a true blessing in my early Holy Ghost walk. There was a dear man who led the song service. He truly loved the Lord with all his heart. His warmth and kindness to me are things that helped shape my experience as a young, Spirit-filled believer. On more than a few Sundays, with his hands trembling, he would quote the first part of our Text for Today. He would say, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” And he would stop there.
My friend, that sounded so mysterious, and even wonderful. You could see the conviction of his heart and how he loved the Lord Who would do such a wonderful thing for him. I was often deeply touched by his love for God and the emotions he expressed.
It was also about that same time that I began to acknowledge the call of God on my life. My hunger for the Word became insatiable. I just couldn’t get enough. I would often read for hours without stopping. If I didn’t have my Bible open for reading, I would be listening to tapes by some faith preaching man of God. My heart was being stirred almost continually. Then one day in my studies, I read the passage the dear song leader so often quoted. At first, I saw only what he quoted. Fortunately, Holy Ghost got my attention and led me on to the remainder of that text. There it was, flashing before my eyes; “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit.” I could hardly contain myself. I didn’t have to live in the dark any longer. I had His Word in print, and I had Him living on the inside of me. I was filled with the Author of the Word, and He wanted to reveal to me what it said, what it was about, how I could live in it, and how I could exercise my faith and walk in victory by it. Oh, and I shared that with my dear song leader friend. You know, he had never seen it himself. He rejoiced, too, and is still rejoicing over it today. So am I, and so should you.
Manna for Today – Matthew 16:17