“These are more proverbs of Solomon, compiled by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah: It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.” Proverbs 25:1-2
God conceals matters and it brings Him glory. Kings search them out and experience a taste of the glory.
First of all, when we are born into God’s kingdom, we become kings and priests. It is a gloriously high calling. Royalty belongs to all in the family of God. So, then it becomes our God given right to search out those hidden things, to look for the matters God has concealed.
So, where does our search begin?
We begin by looking for hidden treasure in His Word. God gave us the Bible and it is fairly lengthy, but it is also very deep because there are levels of meaning hidden in His Word. God wrote the Scripture. It is different from any other book. We can read the plain text, the story line of the lives of people like Abraham, King David, or Daniel. We can walk the streets of Jerusalem with Jesus or journey on a missionary trip with the apostle Paul. We can experience the plain text.
But the Bible doesn’t stop there because then we look for the application. How does this verse or passage relate to me? How do I apply this to my life?
But we aren’t done because there are those moments when we are reading and we have to stop and say, “Why is this here? Why did God include this?” There is a hint of something deeper and it calls us to explore.
And then, there is the meaning of the names, the dates that are included, the shadows that point forward to Christ. All of that leads us on a treasure hunt like no other pursuit.
We begin to see how one passage relates to another, or one verse sheds light on the meaning of another.
Studying God’s beautiful Word takes us on a journey that will not end because there is always more to search out, and we have the privilege to look for the face of Jesus on every page.
Lord, open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your Word.