Don’t you hate it when everyone around you knows a secret—the same secret—and you don’t? Your mission becomes to find out what everyone else knows so you can be in on it.
But now, what if the one with the secret is God? Are you curious? The truth is, God does have secrets. It raises many questions. Does he intend to keep them secrets, or does He like to share His secrets? Here’s an answer: “The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.” (Psalm 25:14) “For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.” (Proverbs 3:32)
Just a casual look and you can see that not only does God have secrets, He likes to tell them, but only to certain people—those who fear Him and the righteous, according to these verses.
Those two verses are enough to make me curious. Why does He have secrets? What are they? Who all does He show them to, and who does He hide His secrets from? Where do I find out these secrets? Why would God show them to some people and not to others? Why is it a good idea to find out the secrets?
For some perspective to this discussion of God’s secrets, let’s start here: “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33) Whatever I learn of God’s secrets is just a drop in the bucket of the magnitude of what God knows. After all, He’s the creator God with a master plan for everything that happens to everyone that lives. “For in him we live, and move, and have our being…” (Acts 17:28a)
Consider Job, who had everything taken from him—from his family, to his possessions, to his health. The giant secret was why? The whole book is an account of him and his friends trying to figure it out and explain it. His friends often get a bad rap, but one of them said something truly profound: “Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?” (Job 11:7) The answer is no.
It’s worth a read to hear what God said in the end (Job 38-41). In a long discussion of His creation, God divulged a lot of prophesy, though He didn’t answer the simple question of why. But He did reveal secrets. While Job didn’t get the why, he got the bigger picture. We know why from the side discussion between God and Satan in chapter 1 that Job was not privy to. I guess you could say we know the secret that Job didn’t hear. But Job got the wisdom he needed to not question God, but rather to bow to His power and sovereignty.
We may not get the answer to some secrets, but we have access to unimaginable mysteries. Immense curiosity and a humble prayer for wisdom is what it takes to learn them. Do you have that curiosity? If so, you can learn some of the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God.
Stay tuned. We will explore secrets and mysteries further. In the meantime, tell me what you think.