10But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 11No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. 12And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.1Corinthians 2:10-12
As I chewed on this passage yesterday, the intimacy of this interaction between me and the Spirit of God captured my mind. Let me try to explain.
The thoughts in my mind are extremely personal, known only to me. While someone might be able to discern that something is “off,” they cannot know just by looking at me what I am thinking. The only way to know is to ask me and then I may or may not be transparent about my thoughts.
God, in his love for me, wanted me to have access to his thoughts. He filled me with his Spirit so I can know the wonderful things he has in store for me. As I reread this pericope, verse nine jumped out at me.
9That is what the Scriptures mean when they say,“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 10But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit.1 Corinthians 2:9-10
Just as no one can know the thoughts scurrying through my mind because they don’t have my spirit, I cannot fathom what God has in store for me without his Spirit. But he has given me his Spirit so that I glimpse his plans for me.
The question that came to me is this: have I taken advantage of this great benefit? Have I listened carefully to what the Spirit of God is showing me? Do I slow down long enough to see, hear and imagine what God plans for those he loves?
Join me in slowing down to hear. This truth is like a warm winter blanket on a cold snowy night!