Mystery of His will: Perfect wisdom of our God

Ephesians-1 7

Today, April 4, 2018, we examine the Verse of the Day found in Ephesians 1:7, but to understand to a greater degree what the Scriptures are saying about the “will of God,” we are going to look at verses 7-10 in the Revised English Version:

Ephesians 1:7-10:

in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our transgressions, according to the riches of his grace,

8which he lavished on us in all wisdom and prudence;

9having made known to us the sacred secret of his will, according to his good pleasure that he planned beforehand in him, Christ,

10for the administration of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens, and the things on the earth, in him;

This passage makes reference to “the sacred secret of his will” while the New King James Version speaks of “the mystery of His will.” These expressions also brings to mind another related verse that speaks of the “knowledge of His will.” In order to do or accomplish the will of God, we must know what it is. Colossians 1:9 expresses God’s desire for His people in the opening section of a prayer:

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

As I began to consider deeply these verses that emphasize “The Will of God,” I thought of a particular poem inspired in part by Ephesians 1:9

 The Mystery of His Will        

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and                                              

 knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments,                                                     

and his ways past finding out!

Romans 11:33

 

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will,         

according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 

Ephesians 1:9

 

Though we seek to plummet the depths of God’s wisdom,

We barely touch the surface, for there is always more

To explore as He unfolds the mysteries of the Kingdom:

A measure of our inheritance laid in store.

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing,

But the honor of kings is to search out a matter,

To see what jewels of knowledge their searching may bring.

Beyond former days is the glory of the latter,

Where God freely pours out His spirit upon all flesh.

As God’s will unfolds, the depth of His love we now see.

We draw even closer that He might bless and refresh,

As we come to know Him even more intimately.

In such treasured moments we are quiet and still,

As we explore once more the mystery of His will.

As we endeavor to find and to do the will of God, we may encounter situations that we do not fully understand, but God is not trying to conceal His will.  Deuteronomy 29:29 reminds us this truth:

The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Indeed, it is God’s good pleasure to make known the mystery of His will to those who diligently seek to find it.

Keith and Kristyn Getty offer a glorious benediction for our discussion: “Perfect Wisdom of Our God”:

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