“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
for those who love him.”
In 1 Corinthians 2:9, Paul quotes this sentence from Isaiah. He says it’s talking about God’s plan for the salvation of mankind, which the rulers of this world, with all their worldly wisdom, did not understand. Then he says something really cool:
But 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. No 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. And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. (2:10-12)
Sometimes we can have a good idea what someone’s thinking by their actions and body language, but for the most part, we can’t really know their thoughts unless they tell us. And sometimes even that isn’t sufficient, because we humans aren’t always good at words. Or at listening. And I think that overall we’re all thankful mind reading isn’t our regular method of communication.
On our own, we can’t know God’s thoughts either. He told us what we need to know in his words in the Bible. But he also goes beyond that. To the saved, he gives his Spirit. We don’t have to rely on insufficient worldly wisdom. We have God’s Spirit, who will help, because he has done wonderful things and he wants us to understand them.
God wants us to know his thoughts.
How awesome is that?