Devotional Thought 73: The Father’s Heart (Revelation)

Indeed, the darkness shall not hide me from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You.

(Psalm 139:12)

After they finally understand that He really is the Messiah, Jesus starts revealing to the disciples that He has to suffer, die, and be resurrected in Jerusalem at the hands of the religious leaders. Out of nowhere, Peter pulls Him aside and starts scolding Jesus, telling Him that none of that is gonna happen to Him! Jesus rebukes Peter for his worldly mindset, telling the others that if they’re going to follow Him, they have to put their dreams, their expectations, their entire lives to death, and pick up His life instead. Six days later, Jesus takes Peter, James and John up to a mountain, and His true identity is revealed: His face starts glowing brighter than the sun, His clothes become white as pure light, and Moses and Elijah show up! Peter says something he shouldn’t (as usual) and while he’s still talking, God’s Presence shows up in a bright cloud, declaring Jesus to be His Son who they must listen to. After all this craziness is over and they’re coming down from the mountain, Jesus explains to them that Elijah had already come again in John the Baptist, but the rejected and killed him.

God is a Revealer of hidden things! His eyes are like flaming fire, representing the piercing holiness of His gaze (Revelation 1:14). He sees the secret thoughts and motives of people’s hearts (Hebrews 4:12), He knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10), and the depths of His knowledge and understanding are immeasurable (Romans 11:33)! As our Father, He reveals things that empower us, prepare us, and correct us. He tells us things in advance and for the moment, things about us and Himself! When Paul reveals the mystery (something that was previously hidden) of the resurrection in the end times, it’s to encourage the Corinthian believers in their Kingdom work (1 Corinthians 15:51-58). When the Psalmist reveals that the saints will be given rule over the nations in the future, it inspires praise and worship to God (Psalm 149:2-9)! We should take comfort in the fact that nothing is hidden from our Father God, confident that He has and will reveal to us whatever we need for our benefit!

God also reveals Himself to us in order to equip us as His ministers. When Isaiah was called to be a prophet, he saw a vision of God enthroned above the Temple, praised by fiery, powerful beings, calling him to go for them (Isaiah 6)! The Father revealed a glimpse of Jesus’ true glory to the disciples and spoke to them so they could be eyewitnesses to His identity, apostles (Matthew 17:1-9). God’s revelations often change our lives, moving us to spring into action on His behalf!

  • Our Father is a God who sees and knows everything; nothing is hidden from His eyes! From our secret thoughts to the far-flung future, He understands it all, and He chooses to let us in on it. He warns us, prepares us, equips us, encourages us, and calls us by revealing things to us that we could’ve never known by ourselves! Whether that’s through the Bible, through another person, or right to you, He’ll open your eyes to see what only He can see, and you’ll be blessed. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you, He will. Ask Him to reveal yourself to you, He will. Ask Him to show you the next step, He will. The most loving thing a God can do is reveal Himself, and that’s exactly what He loves to do! Taste and see!

You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not.

(Matthew 13:11)

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