RELIGION COLUMN: The uncovering of hidden things

Published 12:24 pm Tuesday, October 22, 2013

By Jake McCall

Ever so often, my wife Alana will ask me questions about what my life was like before we met.

She will want to know what may have been different about me then or what may have been the same.

I have come to realize that those questions are not an interrogation session but simply her attempt to know more about me or maybe a better way of saying it is through that process, she wants to know me more.

Getting to know people is a simple and great privilege in life, and I believe that most people enjoy getting to know others and enjoy being accepted as others get to know them.

Last week in my column I addressed the enjoyment of God, and I am considering it even further this week after reading in the book of Jeremiah.

In Jeremiah 33:3, the Lord says, “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”

We may wrongly think that the study of God or learning more about him is a dutiful exercise that lacks any real experience, or we may think that because we have been exposed to teaching, preaching, or Bible studies, then we’ve been there and done that when it comes to who God is.

I have found those are common feelings inside of me and within others.

And so I hope that this promise to Jeremiah can reveal a promise that God makes to all of his people.

As we call to him, he will continue to tell us great things about himself—even things that were hidden before!

How can he promise such things? He is able to promise such things because he is an infinite being.

Knowledge about the Lord can never be exhausted. As he allows us to uncover another glorifying trait that increases our affection for him, still more remain hidden only to be revealed in his timing.

And therefore, through his word and by his spirit, the deep riches of his glorious grace will continue to bring him glory and bring us joy.

And hold on tight because this is where the journey gets thrilling: this uncovering of who God is will last for all of eternity!

Forget about being bored in heaven. The infinite wonder of this great and holy God and the uncovering of his infinite blessings will be a constant source of joy and satisfaction for those in Christ forever and ever.

—Jake McCall is a religion columnist for The Clanton Advertiser. He is the pastor at Grace Fellowship Presbyterian Church.