SEEING BEYOND THE OBVIOUS
By Henry Jaegers
How are the things of Esau searched out! how are his hidden things sought up! (Obadiah 6)
As we view this verse, we notice that each statement is not ended with a question mark, but an exclamation mark. What is the significance of this?
From Esau's point of view, there is no question about his security. Great measures have been taken to obtain positions that cause him to be able to see what is happening long before the enemy arrives and in so viewing, he is able to make provisions to neutralize the attack from invading forces.
This is a statement expressing how a profane person like Esau, thinks. He is absolutely invulnerable from a human standpoint and by means of human endeavor, he has secured himself to the point that he believes and thinks that he is invulnerable.
People like Esau who choose to live their lives without the knowledge of God and the power of God are in a vulnerable state not invulnerable as Esau supposes himself to be.
From a human standpoint, there is no- one strong enough or smart enough to dislodge him from his secure position.
But turned the statement around, and put a question mark after each of these, and you see something that Esau cannot see or understand. That there is an unseen power hidden among the dark passages of his understanding who knows, who sees, who plans, and causes things to take place. The man who chooses to place his life and future in the hands of a loving God, is truly safe for there is no power except the power of God that enables us to find true security through trusting in his word. The character of God is behind all of his promises. The God who cannot and will not lie, is there when we need him. Through the eyes of faith, we can see him and understand his ways. Through this knowledge of God, our faith finds a resting place.
Men may boast in their great successes and achievements but both these grow or fail only through the goodness and grace of God. Seeing beyond the obvious is to be able to focus on the living God and his purposes being fulfilled beyond all human understanding.
Are you trusting and resting in the promises of a loving and faithful God? Or, are you like Esau who was willing to take his chances and hope for the best?