Could it be true that the greatness of God lies not only in what he has revealed, but in what he has concealed? If so, what is he hiding?
Prov 25:2 gives us what amounts to a riddle. There we read that the glory of God is to conceal a thing but that to search out a matter is the glory of kings (Prov 25:2).
Was reading through the 25th chapter of Proverbs on the 25th day of the month when I suddenly noticed this “saying of the wise” that I have read so many times before, but never spent any time with. Thought about it for awhile. Had a couple of ideas and then started reading a bunch of commentaries…
What I found is that students of the Bible generally seem to agree on the meaning of the second half of the proverb. In one way or another many agree that the greatness and goodness of kings is found in their commitment to fully investigate the concerns and complaints of their citizens so that their government will be based on foundations of justice.
But I’m guessing that it’s in the first half of the Proverb where the real treasure is buried. In what sense does the goodness and greatness of God lie in what he conceals?
It seems evident that one evidence of the greatness of God is that, because he understands everything, he doesn’t have to search out anything. But what is he hiding that reveals the greater glory of God?
I think that’s worth thinking and talking about together.