The grass, they say, is always greener on the other side. It is easy to wish for the blessings that God has given someone else, and to forget the blessings He has given to you. It is easy, when you are wrestling with some spiritual issue or personal struggle, to wish for a private revelation from God, as is sometimes recorded in the Scriptures. Instead, we should reflect on how the prophets longed to stand in our shoes.
“Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow” (1 Peter 1:10-11, NIV).
We wish for the personal revelation they enjoyed, but they searched intently for the fullness of revelation that has been given to us! The mystery of the gospel, the awesome saving work of God, has been revealed; what the prophets probed intently and longed to grasp, we have had handed us by the generosity of God.
The gospel is the greatest of all treasures. Christ suffered for us on the cross, and rose victorious. He reigns, He will return, and all who hope in Him will inherit joy forever. God has allowed us to know these things, on the sureness and authority of His Word. We are blessed, we are privileged, and we should be thankful.
“It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things” (v.12).
Even more, it is important to recognize that the personal revelations given to the prophets–thrilling as that must have been–were not for themselves. They received the words, but not the clarity of their meaning. God made them understand that what they had been given was for us. On this side of Pentecost, when the Spirit has been poured out upon God’s people and the gospel is clearly preached, we have the fruit for which the prophets labored and longed.
Even stranger and more wonderful to our minds, the mysteries revealed to us are what occuply the longings of angels.
In a time of discontent, and an age so interested in personal revelations, we should remember the goodness of what God has given us. His Word written speaks clearly and profoundly so that we may know His Word our Savior and Lord. Knowing Him, the Son, we are brought into fellowship with the Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit. These blessings cannot be measured, only enjoyed.