May 10, 2018
Colossians 2:1-3… For I want you to know how great struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all those who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
In these sentences, Paul expresses his great passion for the church. It is a deep and very real desire to see hearts encouraged and people reaching, together, the fullness of Christ. These things work together. I don’t think anyone will enter the fullness of Christ discouraged. We will enter encouraged and built up in faith. If you are discouraged, you are in the enemy’s clutches.
“In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
That is the phrase I wanted to write today but when I figured out where the sentence started, I wrote from verse 1. Knowledge is not increased by reading books and being taught. Knowledge is hidden in Christ… hidden from human searching, but found by faith. We know Him by faith and, in that relationship, we learn wisdom and knowledge. I have noticed how the wisdom of this world is distracting. It appeals to our desire to learn and figure out. And sometimes it is right on, so it distracts us from the truth of Christ. When I was 15 I broke my leg. The doctors put it in a cast which was the prescribed method of healing. It worked and I eventually had a “normal” leg again. It seemed that the cast healed me but in fact, God did. The cast held the bone in place so the bone could come back together, straight and strong. That was an example of worldly wisdom partnering with God’s to reach a result. But, the doctors didn’t acknowledge God; I was left with the thought that worldly wisdom had healed my leg. The world had undermined my faith. Again, I am reminded of a verse that fits so often… “Man looks on the outward appearance, God looks on the heart.”
God watches my heart; He knows that for a season, I was enamored with the wisdom of the world. He also knows that has changed and now I am enamored with the power of God to heal. My heart has changed.