Mystery belongs to those who are hungry.
Let’s be honest here, all of us have asked ourselves this question – why God doesn’t speak audibly to us? He can. It’s totally within his ability. But he normally doesn’t. Why? Another question many have asked is “When I pray why does it sometimes take days for God to answer?”. God doesn’t lack answers, so why doesn’t He just reveal them to me? Wouldn’t it be easier for everybody?
Well, while there are probably many answers to this question, I landed on a simple one – hunger. Mostly, why God doesn’t speak to us audibly on an every day basis is because he wants us to search for his voice. Search awakens hunger. He is trying to awaken hunger within those who follow him in order to trust them with the truth. It’s his mercy to withhold the responsibility of truth from those who are not ready to obey it. His desire is to soften our heart in order to get us ready to to receive what he has to say. How many of us have been in a situation where someone is telling you something and in the moment you don’t really see a value in it; but years later you realize how much wisdom it contains? It’s not that it didn’t have value before, it’s just we didn’t give attention to it and because of that we completely missed out. Where you give honor, there you receive life. Hunger and search make us give honor to what we find.
After the parable of a sower disciples asked Jesus why does he speak in parables, people can’t understand anything. Jesus’ answer is hilarious, he says, “to you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand” (Luke 8:10). So he is basically saying that he is telling parables so people will not understand what he’s saying. When I read this I laughed out loud. If I was one of the disciples I would say “if you want to hide meaning from somebody, well… just don’t tell them the parable, you know? It’s a perfect way to hide something”. Unlike me, He has a divine purpose for everything he does.
What the disciples didn’t realize is that the hunger for truth was awakened in their hearts unlike others who heard Jesus. The very next thing they did after hearing something that they don’t understand is to pull Jesus to the side and start asking him questions. Hunger leads us to the Person. Most people are looking for answers, hungry people are looking for the person.
The next thing Jesus says is “for whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him” (Matthew 13:12). He is looking for faithful stewards of his word whose hearts are ready to embrace and obey it. All those “unanswered prayers” (which mostly means people were looking for answers but didn’t find them on the surface) are an invitation into his mystery.
And mystery belongs to those who are hungry.
By Max Bieliaiev