Ephesians 1:17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
With the magnificence of all that Paul writes about in Ephesians, it’s only appropriate that he asks the help of the Holy Spirit for his readers. It is a book that is more than worthy of being read over and over, savoring each thought and idea and letting it percolate through our awareness, changing the way we think and live. I could probably preach for a year from this book and not exhaust it. (I might exhaust my hearers, though!) This is simply an illustration of the richness of the Bible as a whole, because there are many places in it like this. It is ironic that we tend to focus on historical tales, like those of Noah and Jonah and Daniel, and skip over books like Ephesians that are so packed with life-changing truth. It’s not at all that the historical tales are unimportant, but rather that they are no more than the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. Any time we read the Bible we need to ask for the help of the Holy Spirit, just as Paul does here. We are no more able to grasp all of God than a dog is able to grasp quantum physics, but even a dog is able to grasp that his master loves and feeds and cares for him. We need to start there, on the foundation of God’s love, and let Him reveal to our hearts and minds all that He wants us to know about Himself. That is more than a lifetime’s work!
I was given a huge head start over most of the people in the world, being immersed in the Bible from before my birth, courtesy of parents who were totally dedicated to God, and reading through the Bible for myself for the first time by the time I was ten. I’ve been given a mind that delights in words, savoring them and playing with them, and I have had a firm habit of taking in the Word every morning for over 40 years now. Even so, as I continue to read the Bible morning by morning I am daily touched by God’s truth, not only being reminded of things I’ve known for years but even receiving fresh revelation. There is no exhausting the Bible! It is indeed the Word of God, and since God Himself is infinite, it stands to reason that His Word has limitless depth. One of the many things I’m looking forward to in heaven is “knowing as I am fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12) I delight to know things, and there is nothing more worth knowing than God. As a pastor, I seek to give others the same hunger for the things of God that I have, but it’s obvious that I can’t do it on my own. I need to pray for God to pour out His Spirit of wisdom and revelation, just as Paul does here, so that every member of this church may be transformed into the the disciple, the child of God that He wants us to be, for His glory.
Father, I do pray that. Just yesterday I was reading a description of what went on at the Azusa Street Revival almost a hundred years ago. I can’t even imagine what it would be like for You to do that right here in this day, but I desire it desperately. Help me desire it desperately enough for You to break me out of everything that has bound me, to be and do all that You desire, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!