God Still Has Secrets

“The Lord our God has secrets known to no one.” (Deuteronomy 29:29a NLT)

There are things that God covers or conceals from us. Why would He do that?

The verse continues by saying: “We are not accountable for them, but we and our children are accountable forever for all that He has revealed to us, so that we may obey all the terms of these instructions.” (Deuteronomy 29:29b NLT)

One reference to secrets that always amuses me is “secret sins.”   The reality is everyone has secrets, but none of them are hidden from God. God knows the down and dirty about all of us. We may conceal things from one another, but never from God.

Also, just in passing, let me say there is no such thing as an unsolved crime. A person may evade legal accountability, but will one day stand before the Lord, in whose presence every detail of their lives will be laid bare. Then they will bear the consequences of God’s “legal” system and justice will prevail.

In Luke 10 we’re given insight into a conversation between Jesus and 72 of His followers whom He sent to surrounding villages and towns to preach and teach about Him. When they returned, the Bible says: “they joyfully reported to Him, ‘Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!’” We may use the word “ecstatic.” They were so excited they could hardly contain themselves. At that point Jesus shared something that puts a lot of things in proper perspective, for them and us. He said: “…don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.’” (vs. 20)

The Bible then says: “At the same time Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and He said, ‘O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank You for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way.”

A very important secret was shared with Jesus’ 72 and with us, that if we grasp its significance can change our lives. What’s the secret? Too often we get excited about the wrong things. We tend to get fired up about things that matter to us, rather than those things that matter to God. We like things that make us look good – “even the demons obey us…” – rather than the things that exalt Jesus and make Him the focal point of whatever we do – “rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.” Even Satan can perform miracles, but only God can register someone’s name in heaven.

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Another “secret” that frightens me is when I do, say, or write things with the intention of making people think more of me, rather than more of Jesus. If you ever sense that’s what’s happening, would you please call me on it? I want to be childlike, in the sense that everything I do is to please and honor my Father.

When my kids were small, to them I was a giant who knew everything. Now, well, you know the rest. The older they got, the bigger they got in their own eyes, thus, the smaller I became, and, I might add, rightfully so. God never intended us to be the proverbial “giants” in our kid’s eyes, but to make Him huge to them through the way we loved and “lived” Him before them.

God conceals things from us, not to hurt us or cause us harm, but to protect us. He guards our hearts and minds, preventing us from thinking too highly of ourselves, seeking to enable us to always maintain a healthy and right view of Him.

May I let you in on a “secret?” God’s crazy about you! His love for you is mind-boggling and powerful enough to change the course of your life forever if you’ll let Him. Please let Him.

Blessings, Ed 😊

One thought on “God Still Has Secrets

  1. Hello from the UK

    Many thanks for this. The last paragraph is beautiful and true. His children were always in His mind from the beginning, twinkles in His mind’s eye. We think of being born on earth as the start of our lives but this is not so of course. We have existed with Him from the start of creation, hence it is written He foreknew us.

    God hiding things is His way of seeing if people really want to know what He is like. And He is rather wacky to say the least, as He thinks rather differently to the way people think He ought to think, if you see what I mean!

    Kind regards

    Baldmichael Theresoluteprotector’sson

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