As Christians, we often have favourite Bible verses for it suits with our situation or has a great promise that we would like it to become true. It is common for us to pick up and memorize that first and 'abuse' it in the context we like it to be. This article will emphasize on one particular verse which I also cherish a lot and abused it in the past :D It is 1 Corinthians 2:9. Sounds familiar?
But, as it is written, "What no eye has seen, nor ear has heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him." [ESV]
We have tendency to 'abuse' this verse to be applied in context of soulmate, our dreams, and so on. I used to pick up this verse for claiming the promise of soulmate too haha :D But is it right or wrong? We'll see...
This verse raised up one big mystery: What has God prepared for those who love him? Some people have opinion that it is talking about our eternal life. Yet what I found has quite a disagreement with that view. Maybe we need to travel back to the past (Old Testament) to see it more clearly. Paul actually quoted this verse from Isaiah 64:4 ;)
Since ancient times no one has heard or perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who intervenes for those who wait for him.
Do you see that in Isaiah we find the answer? I find that what God has prepared for us which no eye has seen, nor ear has heard, nor heart of man imagined ... is God himself.
When I 'abuse' 1 Corinthians 2:9 to claim God's promise for soulmate, I thought that is is the soulmate God has provided for me that would be soo beautiful beyond imagination. Yet by this finding, it sounds like God is saying,
"I am the One you are looking for.
I am your first, true, and only love.
My love is sufficient for you."
We spend much of our energy to find "the one" somewhere on this earth while God is saying,
"Look up. What you are looking for is up there."
It goes the same thing with any other area for our lives. As we abuse this verse to achieve our goals and dreams, God is reminding us again "I am your goal and dreams. The best you can never imagine."
It is interesting to notice that God simply wants to be the one in our hearts. And other things we are looking for on this earth are merely the two :D
Do you notice that in Isaiah, God is giving the gift to those who wait while in 1 Corinthians God is giving it to those who love Him?
I find that this gives us some clues that this is a kind of love that waits. True love waits. We love by waiting in faith for him.
"Be still and know that I am God." - Psalm 46:10
You may think, " I know that God has told us to pursue his kingdom and righteousness first, but doesn't it sound a bit cliche? God is invisible, I need the visible one." Well, do you know that what is invisible always has higher value than visible ones? Your brain is invisible, yet it is the most important organ in your body. Air is invisible, yet it is vital to support your life. God is invisible, but He is the source of all things, the most important ones you can have in your life.
The most important thing in your life should not be seen with your eyes but felt in your heart.
And the meaning of 1 Corinthians 2:9 does not stop there. Let us go back to Corinth :) It is talking about the wisdom from God, His mystery, the deep things of God. They are the things that we need to pursue in this life. It gives clue to our relationship with God. How far have we known Him? For God reveals his secrets to merely close friend. Will you be his best friend?
God is so jealous to sit at the throne of your heart. He wants your undivided attention. He loves you til die for you. He is the one you are looking for. So what are you waiting for? Go, be still, and love Him with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. May you find pleasure only in him alone :)