1 Corinthians 2:9
However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love Him—
I love our Verse of the Day because of the hope it expresses to us regarding our future … our eternal life with Christ Jesus in heaven. Actually, Paul uses language here quite similar to that used by the Prophet Isaiah; so I will reprint the “original” passage from the O.T. for your reference:
Isaiah 64:3-5 (NKJV)
When you did awesome things that we did not look for, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for Him. You meet him who joyfully works righteousness, those who remember you in your ways.
1 Corinthians 2:9 (NKJV)
But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
Obviously, the quote is not exact, but Paul applies the concept that Isaiah affirms: We just do not know the mysteries of God. We have not seen or heard or conceived what God has prepared for us who have placed our faith in His Son, Christ Jesus! It defies the imagination because we cannot even fathom the visible universe much less the detail of what is not seen. What Isaiah targets is the unbelievable thought that the Creator would act on behalf of those who wait on Him … who call upon Him … who believe and trust in Him. These mysterious experiences will follow those who have relationship and fellowship with God … i.e. those who love Him! Yes, it is hard to believe because it is hard to conceive … but Jesus Himself affirmed there is a place prepared for us – and He would come again to take us there:
Matthew 25:33-34 (NKJV)
33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
John 14:1-6 (NKJV)
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwellings (mansions); if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.” 5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
I pray that each of us will meditate of this truth from Scripture: There is a place prepared for us in heaven by our Lord and Savior. Its beauty and composition surpass anything we could ever conceive or imagine. And Jesus is returning to take us there at the appointed time of the Father. So we just need to believe … anticipate the supernatural … and be ready as the sheep of His right hand for the blessing that awaits us! Amen.