1 Corinthians 2:14: “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.”

A Penny for Your Thoughts

God’s wisdom is revealed by His Spirit. I find that fascinating. God’s mind is big and so it’s hard to imagine that human finite minds can understand His thoughts. Well, in general they can’t. Human minds can understand a number of things, but the thoughts of God are foreign to the natural human mind. If it wasn’t for His Spirit, we could not understand a word He was saying.

In my younger years I had a profound experience with the Bible. Growing up in an agnostic household, the Bible was considered to be a book like any other books. I personally liked to read King Solomon’s poetry whenever I cracked open the Bible. Over time I began to wonder if the biblical God was fiction or reality. Could He make Himself known to me if He indeed existed? And so I prayed. Nothing dramatic happened, except when I opened the Bible the next day the Word became alive and began to speak to me. God is alive and He communicates to us via the Holy Spirit. This was my first experience of His communication skills. Once our eyes are opened and we know that God exists we have the mind of Christ. Jesus knows and loves the Father like no other and I have been digging to discover more of God ever since.

I remember riding in the car with my grandfather when I was in my twenties. He was a quiet man and I was not very talkative either, so we rode in silence for a while until he asked me: “What do you think?” Looking back I notice that he asked me this question more than once, on various occasions. So I opened up to him and told him what was on my mind that day. “A penny for your thoughts”, you hear people say who want to see what is going on in your head. They won’t know unless they ask. The same is true with God. We won’t know what He thinks, unless we ask Him.

God is mysterious and His thoughts are deep, but this does not deter the Holy Spirit to probe into those thoughts. The apostle Paul wrote (1 Corinthians 2:10)

“The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.”

It is to our benefit that the Holy Spirit is so curious. He introduces God’s thoughts to us when we are inquisitive and want to draw closer to God. We ask questions just like my grandfather did when we were riding in the car together, by inquiring of the Lord: “What do you think?” God-willing, He will let us know. Thanks to His Spirit we understand God’s reality on earth, in our current lives and in the world to come.

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