Have you ever told someone a secret; something just between you and a friend, that the world could never know? Have you ever been told a secret; some mysterious thing just meant for you to know, and no one else? I'm sure we all have shared secrets with friends at one time or another.
Webster's 1828 Dictionary defines secret as something "concealed from the notice or knowledge of all persons except the individual or individuals concerned."
There are some passages in the Bible that refer to secrets.
Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law. This is an example of things that we are not meant to know in our pilgrimage down here on earth. But there are many things that the Lord has revealed to us in His Word, and it is up to us to study it and find the treasures hidden within, so to speak.
Daniel 2:22 He revealeth the deep and secret things: He knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with Him.
Psalm 119:18 Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law.
1 Corinthians 2:9-11 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. The precious treasures the Lord has hid in His Word are revealed to us by His Holy Spirit, as we diligently study and search the Scriptures.
Some of the secrets in the Word of God are:
1) Finding Jesus Christ, the Pearl of Great Price, at the heart of all the Bible, in types and pictures throughout the Old Testament and in living colour in the New Testament. (Matthew 13:44-46)
2) Finding Precious Promises to claim. They are hidden all through the Bible, just waiting like gold nuggets to be picked up and treasured. (2 Peter 1:4)
3) Finding the answers to all of life's questions, especially the answers we need to live the victorious Christian life. (2 Peter 1:3)
But there is another type of secret found in the Word of God. It is the secret of close (intimate) fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Firstly, there is the secret of His name. Judges 13:18 And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after My name, seeing it is secret? Secret here means "remarkable, wonderful", and the name of Jesus is wonderful and remarkable. His name means Saviour, and such He is. (Matthew 1:21)
Secondly, there is the secret of His counsel. Psalm 25:14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear Him; and He will shew them His covenant. Proverbs 3:32 For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but His secret is with the righteous. The word secret in these verses means "close (intimate) counsel". This close fellowship is only found as we walk close to the Lord, walk righteously, walk in the fear of the Lord, walk in the light. (1 John 1:7)
And thirdly, there is the secret of dwelling safely in His presence during trials and afflictions; He is our refuge in the storms of life. Psalm 27:5 For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock. Psalm 31:20 Thou shalt hide them in the secret of Thy presence from the pride of man: Thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. Psalm 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. The word secret in these passages means "to hide (by covering)". Secretly means "to hide (by covering over); to protect". If we walk closely with the Lord and cling to Him in our times of trouble, if we trust in Him to deliver us, He will protect us and be our fortress. Psalm 91:2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.
For God's children, these secrets are definitely worth searching the Word of God for, worth living for, and someday worth dying for, as we will go home to glory to be with Jesus, and dwell in that Heavenly city with streets made of gold.
My son, if thou wilt receive My words, and hide My commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of His mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: He is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of His saints. Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee.
God's Precious Promises
God's precious promises are tried,
In the furnace of life - they are purified.
Every single promise of the Lord is true;
Test them yourself and watch Him come through.
For these precious promises there are conditions;
For this treasure, not everyone can stake a claim.
God's precious promises are only for His children -
For whosoever has called upon the Saviour's name.
For Noah's family, there was the rainbow,
For Abraham, there was his greatly beloved son,
For every child of God, there's perfect peace of mind,
Blessings innumerable, and victories to be won.
In Jesus Christ, all these promises abound;
In the pages of His holy Word they are found.
They have been purified in this furnace of earth,
Test them yourself and discover their worth!
Poem written April 8th, 2002
Study written May 7th, 2002
By Jerry Bouey
Eagle's Wings Ministries
The Christian Counter