We don’t know the secrets people keep. I remember when the comedian Chris Farley overdosed. I had seen some of his outlandish skits on Saturday Night Live, but I did not know the secrets he kept. Later, I read an article that laid out some of the conversations people had with Chris before he died. Writers and producers of the show and Chevy Chase all spoke to him worried about his lifestyle and that he would perish like another SNL star John Belushi. They knew. They knew his secrets.
Knowing someone does not constitute knowing their secrets.
Until you really get to know a person, you do not know where they struggle. You don’t know their pain. You don’t know their humor. You don’t know their courage. You don’t know their strength. Well, God is a person.
I know…I know…He is God. Yes, this is true, but we have been made in His likeness. The essence of our life is in His image and likeness. He has intellect. He has emotions. He has all that we have. And…He has secrets. And only those close to Him know His secrets.
Let’s look at our Verse of the Day:
‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’
God wants to tell you His secrets
In this passage, the Lord is speaking to the prophet Jeremiah to let Him know that if He will call to HIm, He will let the prophet know things to come about the nation Israel. Imagine all that God knows. Imagine all that He could tell us about everything and anything. He has secrets that He wants to tell us. His words to the prophet Jeremiah make it clear that He wants to tell His secrets but He tells them to those who are close to Him. Let me share another passage with you:
1 Corinthians 2:6-10
6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 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—
10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.
So many people seem to have a mindset that if they go to church or read the Bible, they know all they need to know for them to experience the plans God has for them. This is sooooo NOT true. God has secrets. There are great and unsearchable things He wants to reveal to us. These things are a mystery. They are not revealed through the habit of going to church. They are not revealed by reading the Bible. They are not revealed through any religious exercise. They are not revealed through preachers, teachers, bishops, or apostles. These secrets are whispered into our ears by the Holy Spirit. All of the religious rituals we go through are to be vehicles to help our mind adopt the basis of our faith-Christ’s sacrificial death that we might be saved from our sin. Church helps our minds understand this. Songs help. Preachers help. The Bible helps. But having a knowledge of concepts doesn’t mean we are intimate with the truth.
The Spirit whispers the secrets of God
Jesus once said that if we hold to his teachings which is obedience, then we will know the truth (John 8:31-32). But wait a minute…Jesus said he was the truth and didn’t these people He was speaking to Him already know Him? Sure they did, but they didn’t really know HIm on a deep level. Jesus is teaching us that until we start to obey His teachings, we can’t really know Him on a deep level. But true obedience must include the right attitude and for my attitude to be right, the Holy Spirit must transform my heart making it new in the attitude of Christ. In other words, without the Holy Spirit, I can’t know Christ in a deep way. But when I get to know Him intimately like this, He whispers secret wisdom.
The passage in 1 Corinthians says this hidden wisdom of God is destined for our glory. He will whisper secret wisdom that will bring us glory. We live to bring glory to God, but one way this happens is through His favor upon us. When God gives us wisdom allowing us to make better decisions, choose the right words in conversations, choose the right approach with different people, the result is the favor of men that elevates us. God does this so that when we ultimately give Him the credit for our accomplishments, He is glorified. Our testimony does not make people want to follow us, but follow God. He wants to tell you great and unsearchable things for your glory and His.
The key is to be intimate with the Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches us that we can grieve the Holy Spirit. He is like any relationship we have. Think about it. If you only speak to your spouse once a week for an hour, the marriage ain’t gonna be too good…if ya know what I mean. If you lie to your children; manipulate your boss; betray your friends, all of these relationships will suffer. They will not be close. The same is true with the Holy Spirit.
When we sin against the Lord, we grieve the Spirit and our relationship suffers. When we don’t take time to worship allowing our spirit to connect to the Holy Spirit, the relationship suffers. Our intimacy with the Holy Spirit gives produces an intimacy where He speaks secret wisdom and unsearchable things into our mind. A person can certainly spend eternity in the presence of God without these secrets, but without them, they will never live the more abundant life God has planned for them.
Are you near enough to hear the Spirit’s whisper?
The question is not whether or not God will tell you His secrets. The question is will you be near enough, intimate enough, to hear the Spirit whispering the secrets of God.
With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,
29 The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.
1 Corinthians 2:12-13
12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words
It is my greatest desire to live in the plan that God has for me; to help my family live in this plan, and to help everyone I can to also live in this plan. If I can help you in any way, do not hesitate to respond to this email. Leave a comment about how you draw near to the Holy Spirit or what the Spirit has taught you.
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