We cannot imagine all that God has in store for us, both in this life and for eternity. He will create a new heaven and a new earth (Is. 65:17, Rev. 21:1), and we will live with Him forever. Until then, His Holy Spirit comforts and guides us. “However, as it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’–the things God has prepared for those who love Him–these are the things God has revealed to us by His Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God…What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.” (1 Cor. 2:9-10, 12)
The “deep things of God” refers to God’s unfathomable nature and His wonderful plan and to the promise of salvation, revealed only to those who believe that what God says is true. Those who believe in Christ’s death and resurrection and put their faith in Him will know all they need to know to be saved. This knowledge, however, can’t be grasped by even the wisest people unless they accept God’s message. All who reject God’s message are foolish, no matter how wise the world thinks they are.
The apostle Paul taught that true wisdom or discernment requires the believer to be guided by the Holy Spirit. Because Satan’s greatest impact on us occurs when he deceives us, we need the Holy Spirit’s help. Spiritual discernment enables us to draw conclusions based on God’s perspective, make wise decisions in difficult circumstances, recognize the activities of God’s Spirit, distinguish the correct and incorrect use of Scripture, and identify and expose false teachers. “This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words” (1 Cor. 2:13). Ask God to give you His discernment as you serve Him. Let that discernment guide you in your daily walk.
As Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1727) said, “As a blind man has no idea of colors, so have we no idea of the manner by which the all-wise God perceives and understands all things.” The Holy Spirit Himself instructs us with the Word of God, which leads us into truth and wisdom that will change our lives. When we discover the wisdom of God, life takes on excitement and adventure like nothing we ever dreamed possible before. His truth sets us free to become everything He desires us to be.
Knowing the wonderful and eternal future that awaits us gives us hope and courage to press on in this life, to endure hardship, and to avoid giving in to temptation. This world is not all there is. The best is yet to come!