Secrets

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“He replied, ‘The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them’” (Matt. 13:11, NIV).

Secrets. Isn’t that an enticing word? But what if the secrets are God’s? For some of us, that makes them even more enticing. For others, less so. And that’s what draws the line between the two classes of people Jesus was referring to in this verse.

He had just given the Parable of the Sower to the masses. Out of all the thousands of people that heard it, only a handful came to ask Him what it meant. They were His disciples, the hungry ones. He was obviously pleased with their inquiry, because He followed it with this pronouncement: “Blessed are your ears, for they hear (v. 16). Meaning, “You are hungry! You are listening! Well done! Now I can reward you with inestimably precious spiritual riches!”

Then He proceeded to unpack the parable for them. In private.

What is there here for you and me? Encouragement. Assurance. It’s this: if you are hungry, you will be fed. If you are eager to understand God’s mysteries, He will explain them to you. If you ask, you will receive. If you want them, the secrets are for you. If you ask God a question, He will joyfully, eagerly answer you.

Daddy profoundly cherishes intimate connection with us. He relishes dialogue with the ones He loves. He delights in our questions! In fact, He provokes them. He sets before us an enigma, exactly so that we will ask Him what it means. Conundrums are invitations to intimacy.

The masses did not take Him up on His invitation. They listened, scratched their heads, and went home. Jesus said of them, “Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him” (v. 12b). Meaning, “I tried to give them treasure. They had no appetite for it. So they will lose it. The cares of life will sweep My words out of their hearts and minds.”

But, in praise of His hungry ones, He expressed, “Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance” (v. 12a). This word went out to the ravenous few gathered closely around Him in privacy, and it goes out to you and me.

“Are you hungry? Do you need an answer? Do you desire wisdom, guidance, counsel, instruction? Come, My precious child, ask of Me. Come, apart from the masses, and let’s meet in private. Come in closer. Let’s commune and converse. I have secrets to share with you. Inquire of My heart. My eager listener, I have answers for you. Ask, and yes, dear one, you shall receive.”

“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known” (Jer. 33:3, ESV).

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What are the different ways Daddy God has used to communicate His answers to your spirit?

 

12 thoughts on “Secrets

  1. What is there here for you and me? Encouragement. Assurance. It’s this: if you are hungry, you will be fed. If you are eager to understand God’s mysteries, He will explain them to you. If you ask, you will receive. If you want them, the secrets are for you. If you ask God a question, He will joyfully, eagerly answer you.

    You certainly unpacked this Jennifer! Father God’s character is described so well. His all-caring heart is all over it. Yet, a small part is left to us: ‘if.’ That tiny word carries with it the necessity our our heart to be in submission to the Almighty. And not just when we choose to, all the time.

    I’m not there yet, but He is! I will keep asking to draw closer to Him, that I might reflect more of Him to those around me.
    Blessings,
    Chuck
    PS: I just ordered your book, looking forward to reading it!

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  2. Congratulations! Beautifully expressed and so true. RELATIONSHIP this is why Jesus came. He died and he is the NEW COVENENT. (NOT ‘ANOTHER’ RELIGION). This is about closeness to the ALMIGHTY. What a wonder, what a joy and He is longing for us to come. Without fear He has made the way possible. God the Holy Spirit fills every aching, longing and says always talk to Jesus, Come to the Father in Jesus Name.

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      1. There was a point last year in which I was feeling pretty flat. Looking for a spark, I picked up a prayer book I hadn’t used much recently. The book had a paper clip marking a page. I would have been the one to clip the page; I’ve no idea why or when. But that page, on that particular day, gave me exactly what I needed! The clip remains in place. God is good!

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