The other night my wife and I sat down to watch one of the movies of our youth. Neither of us had seen it in more than 30 years.
Our expectations for this classic funny movie ran high. About 20 minutes into the movie I looked at Kim and asked, “Are you really into this or shall we turn it off?” The movie was neither funny nor classic. It was dumb … really dumb.
The acting was poor, the jokes dumb, and the plot ridiculous. The only worthwhile aspect was seeing how much technology and attitudes have changed since 1980. How disappointing! What I’d built up in my mind for three decades was nothing but a waste of 2-hours.
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9).
This Bible verse is often used at funerals to describe Heaven; but if you read the context, the Apostle Paul isn’t writing about eternity: he’s writing about knowing God today.
We hold to falsely built-up ideas about who God is and what He does. We think that what we see, hear, and think are a sure foundation for knowing Him. Our perceptions become truth that we work 9 to 5, but as with my expectations of the movie, neither our thoughts nor our experiences reveal spiritual truth.
If we can’t trust our culture, our memories, our experiences, our musings or our expectations to know God, where do we turn? Paul adds: But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:10). We know God because He’s told us everything we need to know in the pages of the Bible.