Glorified In Hide And Seek

Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.

I don’t quite know what it is about this verse that gets me. One of the cross reference verses is about Job where he says:

Job 29:16 I was a father to the needy, and I searched out the cause of him whom I did not know.

In my little mind, I think something like this…

Before the world was created, there was just the triune godhead; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God was glorified it seems to me through the Spirit and the Son. Yet I don’t know how there could have been anything hidden or concealed in the godhead because all three persons are equally omniscient. In other words, I think there was more glory to be had, and it would come in time through his creation.

Ephesians 3:1-6 For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles— assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

Jesus Christ was a mystery. He was seen through the ages by some as they searched out the things God had concealed. Those who were content to leave the stones covered, did not get the glory of kings, nor gave glory to God in the way described in Proverbs 25. But the ones who turned over every stone saw glimpses of the mystery, and therefore received the glory of kings, and gave more glory to God than those content to look on the surface.

This morning my little girl Elsa was hiding from me. I looked around for her not knowing she was hiding. I walked from room to room searching for her and wondering why she was not where she should have been. I asked my wife and she did not know. Finally I had a suspicion she was hiding and called out her name. I then heard a snicker from behind the living room chair. As I went to see her she had a huge smile on her face. She said she was watching me go from room to room looking for her. She said she moved to multiple hiding places as she watched me search. I gave her a big hug and praised her for her ability to hide and conceal herself. She received more glory this morning because she concealed herself, and I searched her out. She received more glory, and I had the privilege of giving it to her. And as I gave her the praise, I also received a new level of joy by giving her what she deserved.

Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.

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