It is the glory of God to conceal things,

but the glory of kings is to search things out.

Proverbs 25: 2

 

Personally I haven’t encountered any kings recently; in fact, if you disallow meeting people with titles such as “King of the Winterfest”, I have never actually met a king. This is true in a literal earthly sense. Yet I think I understand what the writer of this proverb was getting at. God is not careless with His wisdom. He knows that many people will simply laugh at the way that He tells us that they should live. It doesn’t seem to gain them any advantage, and it is too hard to maintain through all of the seasons of life. God also knows that we humans have a really hard time appreciating and valuing things which come our way too easily. So, despite the fact that entering into a relationship with God through Christ is quite simple to do, until we recognize our need we usually don’t do anything about it.

 

Yet God, the one True King, finds glory in the hiddenness of His truth. When people want to know how to live in a manner that is sustainably uplifting and that brings peace into our world, we need to search into the deeply concealed places. In effect we need to go mining for gold. We must work hard and dig deep while watching closely for the signs of hidden treasure and listening to the voice of God as He leads the search. God is glorified when people listen attentively to Him and follow His way of living closely. When we choose to make God the ruler of our lives and live with praise for His loving grace on our lips, we bring knowledge of Him to our land.

 

We become like the kings that God wants to ordain to rule when we search out His wisdom and choose to follow it. That doesn’t mean that we have the power to tell others what to do and how to live. We gain no control or status over others by following God. In fact, like Christ, we need to give away our positions of safety and might and accept humble submission to God as our new normal. Yet this is exactly what God seeks in an earthly king. He wants to bring us into His glory by showing us His truth and by equipping and empowering us to do His will. There is no greater mark of God’s ordination on an earthly ruler than to have that person bring justice and righteousness to others. God commissioned humanity to take dominion, to rule, over a broken world. He sends each of us into that world to bring the glory of His image to all of it that we touch.