Sunday, November 2, 2014

God's Secrets

Last year when the CEO of Starbucks publicly voiced his support for same-sex marriage, I made a decision not to buy any of their products again. Since then I've been at their coffee shops only when with someone who insisted on stopping by there. A few days ago I went into Starbucks with a friend who after getting his coffee handed me two cards redeemable for free downloads. One of them was for a song called Secrets” by Mary Lambert. Recalling the singer was featured in the gay marriage anthem "Same Love", I figured her new song was something I wouldn't want to hear. Sure enough, an online search revealed the lyrics promote lesbianism. In the chorus, Mary sings...

I know I'm not the only one
Who spent so long attempting to be someone else
Well I'm over it
I don't care if the world knows what my secrets are

While other homosexuals proclaim they are proud to be gay, there are individuals who try to keep their sins a secret. But even if nobody else finds out what they're doing behind closed doors, heaven still has a record of it. Jesus said in Mark 4:22, “For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.” Man cannot keep any secrets from God.

On the other hand, God keeps secrets from man but will disclose certain things to those He is in a relationship with...

“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” - Deuteronomy 29:29

“The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant.” - Psalm 25:14

“Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.” - Amos 3:7

“To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.” - Matthew 13:11

God will occasionally unveil mysteries to the ungodly in order to get their attention such as the dream King Nebuchadnezzar had in Daniel chapter 2. However, some divine revelations are meant to be prayed about (especially concerning other people) and not to be shared right away. After the transfiguration, Jesus commanded Peter, James, and John, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead.” (Matthew 17:9). Occasionally the Lord told those He healed to keep quiet about it so it wouldn't hinder His current activities on earth.

God's secrets are available to anyone who will spend time in the secret place (Psalm 91:1). The question is: Can God trust you with His secrets? More importantly, are there secret sins you need to first confess to Him?

“For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.” - Ecclesiastes 12:14

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