God doesn’t just tell everything to everybody. He wants us to seek Him and keep seeking Him, and then He reveals secrets to us. Just like us, there are things we can tell everyone, but there are secrets that only our most intimate friends know.
The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him;
And He will show them His covenant.
–Psalm 25:14 KJV
Here’s the same scripture in the Living Bible Translation:
Friendship with God is reserved for those who reverence Him.
With them alone He shares the secrets of His promises.
Psalm 91:1 tells us there is safety in the secret place:
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
God sometimes hides us to protect us:
For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.
God can even protect us from the secrets of our enemies! (Gotta love that!)
Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, For You are my strength.
As I’ve learned (the hard way of course) lately, there are secrets that I even keep from myself!
Would not God search this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart. –Psalm 44:21
When King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that no one knew the meaning of, Daniel prayed and the Lord told him the meaning:
“But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream, and the visions of your head upon your bed, were these:” —-Daniel 2:28
The king answered Daniel, and said, “Truly your God is the God of gods, the Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, since you could reveal this secret.” — Daniel 2:47
There are things that we are to do in secret, but God will reward us openly
…that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.
Matt 6:6 says:
But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
Matt 6:17-18 says:
17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
There are also things that the Lord tells us in secret, that we are to share with everyone:
Jesus said, “Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops.” —Matt 10:27
There are also things that God tells EVERYONE so that all people can know that God exists.
Romans 1:19-21 says that God has made certain things obvious (I think of sunsets) to all of us that there is a God, and that people have to suppress the truth to deny Him.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
We can look at all of creation and know that there is a God that created it all and keeps the earth spinning!
There are secrets and mysteries that God wants us to search out, ask Him for, and then share with others.
.. the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. – Colossians 1:26-17
For “everyday” usage, I like this scripture:
“But when He, the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will speak only what HE HEARS and he will tell you what is yet to come.” — John 16:13
Things that are yet to come are usually secrets. But God has given us the book of Revelation to let us know what is coming. He wants us to take the time to ask Him about the secrets of what is to come, what He likes, and what He doesn’t like. And there are individual secrets for each one of our lives that He is just waiting to tell us…if we take the time to ask Him.
Of course, there are a few secrets that God keeps only to Himself. Here’s one:
Jesus said, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. –Matt 24:36
Here is a special secret for only one person per stone:
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.”’ — Revelation 2:17
I like that one. Each one of us will have a secret with God that no one else can share!
10 thoughts on “God has secrets”
It is no secret that you love your God first…
For most of my life I thought God wasn’t very nice. I’m past that. The secret I want to know is how not to feel passed over by Him. I often feel that others seem to have a deep relationship with JC but I’m on the outside–not sure why. I’ve tried praying but maybe I’m blinding myself to the evidence of Him all around–maybe I need something much more personal at the moment.
Any tips? I enjoyed your post. 🙂
I struggle with sometimes thinking others have it “easier” but I try not to get hung up on it. What I have discovered lately…I might blog about it…is that I decided to memorize and meditate on a scripture a new one each day OR each week depending on what else is going on…but when I take the time to meditate and repeat the scripture, especially before going to bed, I wake up in the morning with good scriptures in my head “Arise Shine, for your light has come” and “This is the day that the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
I also find I have to SLOW DOWN… “be still and know that I am God..” I wish I felt “happier” at times… but our goal is not to be “happy” but to be conformed to His Image. BUT the Joy of the Lord is our strength…so I’m still trying to figure it out too!
On one level I do compare myself to other people who seem to have that joy and that close relationship with God. I think about him all the time but I guess you’re right. I probably let my mind race too much, rarely lean on Him and then wonder where He is. You’ve inspired me to sit with scripture like I used to. Thanks! I guess I wonder what Christian joy is supposed to “feel” like, but my husband gently points out that I’m a bit of a slave to my feelings 🙂
I came across this scripture Jude 1:2 ” Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.” I personalized it: “God multiplies mercy peace and love to ME” and then repeated it over and over during the day and several times before sleeping…. well it gave me a happy day the next day. Not happy because of circumstances but “the JOY of the Lord is MY strength.” I am just scratching the surface of meditating on scripture and how it changes our minds (renews our minds) and incorporating it into my life. It’s way more powerful than I ever imagined!
As for feelings–they are still a mystery to me.
What a great experiment, Sue! I think I’ll give it a try 🙂
I would tell you what I think of your post but it’s a secret. My person says thought that she thinks this is a great study. She might borrow some of it sometime for one of her Bible studies.
Bongo, your secret is safe with me. I am glad your person liked it.