God’s Gracious Will

For the past few days, I have been reflecting on the verse of the week, Luke 10:21. Jesus thanked God that “these things” were hidden from the wise and understanding people and that they were revealed to little children. Jesus ended with, “Yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.”

This plainly shows that God hides things from people. Why would he do that? Why would a gracious and loving God not reveal all of himself to anyone and everyone in the world? How could a God who doesn’t desire that anyone should perish, but all come to everlasting life not reveal the way to salvation to everyone?

Perhaps the question we should ask is “How in the world does a just, perfect, holy God reveal anything to little children who are dead in their sin?” First Corinthians 1:27 says, “For God what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.” God has chosen to reveal things to little, frail, incapable children.

Why did God do it? Jesus says it was God’s “gracious will.”

There is no one who deserves grace. That’s why it is called grace. But God chose to reveal it to some and not others. I do not know why God did it that way. All I know is that he did. Passages like Romans 9, Ephesians 1, John 6, and this one from Luke make that theme inescapable.

Instead of arguing over God choosing or not choosing some to believe, perhaps we should simply look at the Scriptures and tremble at what it says. Perhaps we should bow low and worship God for not hiding his glorious plan of salvation from us.

He is God and we are not. The only way his revelation to us can be explained is that he did it simply because it was his “gracious will.”