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!