It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter (Proverbs 25:2 NASB).
I like this verse. It’s been my experience. It confirms what I’ve seen. And it encourages me.
God says that if I seek Him, I’ll find Him, if I seek Him with all my heart (Jeremiah 29:13).
That’s my glory, to search Him out. I could go my own way, hardly give a thought to Him, but that wouldn’t change Him. It wouldn’t mean He’s not there. It wouldn’t make Him go away. It wouldn’t alter His glory.
It would just mean that I would miss out. I wouldn’t find Him. I wouldn’t get to know Him.
But if I seek Him with all my heart, if I press into Him, cry out to Him, long for Him, then He will let Himself be found. He will reveal Himself to me. He will be my glory, my covering, my Lord and Savior, the lifter of my head.
Thou, oh Lord, are a shield about me. You’re my glory. You’re the lifter of my head. (Psalm 3:3)
But this glory comes when I search Him out. Because it is His glory to conceal a matter.
He reveals Himself in parables and riddles and proverbs. Jesus said He’s hidden Himself from the wise and prudent and revealed Himself to babes (Matthew 11:25).
God has hidden Himself from those who run after the knowledge of this world, those who look for all the answers in this physical world, those who seek the created rather than the Creator.
Yet He’s revealed Himself to babes. To those who, like a child, never give up what they’re after, no matter their level of understanding.
Like a child who wants mom to pick him up –right now! — no matter if mom’s busy cooking and has raw meat on her hands. The child doesn’t care about understanding, the science behind bacteria, or mom’s schedule. The child presses in, seeks her out, never gives up. And soon, mom picks him up, holds him, talks to him, fellowships with him.
And we see the child’s glory and the mom’s glory. It would be kind of awkward if the child had no interest in mom, avoided her, studied her cooking but never talked to her about it. It would also be awkward if in that situation, mom kept following after the child, trying to pick him up.
And we see man’s glory to seek God out. And God’s glory to reveal Himself to those who seek Him.
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.
I will seek the Lord with all my heart and He will answer me.