Life is challenging and I need wisdom, so every day I read a chapter out of Proverbs in the Bible. Years ago I learned that Billy Graham reads a chapter a day out of Proverbs, so I thought it would be wise for me to follow his lead. When I wake in the morning I know the chapter I will turn to—I just look at the calendar. There are thirty-one chapters in Proverbs and there are no more than thirty-one days in a month. So, I check the date, and then read the corresponding chapter.
On Christmas Day, verse 2 of Proverbs 25 jumped out at me. It’s message is so appropriate for the 25th of December. It says,
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;
to search out a matter is the glory of kings. (NIV)
This verse reminds me of the oft used bumper sticker slogan, “Wise Men Still Seek Him.” It is a phrase that extends beyond the Biblical Magi—it applies to us all. We are the kings and queens of the earth and it is our privilege, responsibility and opportunity to search out the mysteries that surround us. It is our “glory” to discern and grasp the things that matter—especially God.
From the heights of the furthest star to the depths of the human heart, there is so much to explore, discover and understand. Like a mystery, the answers are there; they simply need to be found. God conceals and we search out. Just like in a loving game of hide and seek between a parent and child, it is the delight of the child to find and be found, and it is the joy of the parent to see the child’s delight. In the midst of that joy and delight resides glory.
At Christmas time mysteries abound. In the form of gifts they surround the tree, concealed with tape, paper and ribbon, and we wonder, “What is in there for me?” In the Christmas Story we read of a star, a virgin birth, angels, shepherds, wise men and a baby lying in a manger, and we add the term, “incarnation” and hear the phrase, “God with us,” and we wonder, “What is in there for me?”
Here it is, December 28, and Christmas is over. The tree stands bare. The presents are opened and the trash can bulges with the tailings of mysteries revealed. The Christmas Story, like a Nativity Set, is boxed up and stored away until next year.
Did you find what you were looking for? I doubt it. But don’t let that empty feeling overwhelm you. If, at any moment this Christmas Season you encountered any good, any joy, any insight, any peace, any love, then hang on to it, for it is a sign—a clue—of God in your midst. God conceals and we search out. In challenge and in mystery, God is there. God wants to be found by you.
Wise men and women still seek Him.