Unveiling His Secrets

Lamp

Note: I have continued to have some difficulties with my jungle Internet connection. This post was intended for yesterday. Please pray with me for a better service to become available to me here in Iquitos!

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“For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light” (Mark 4:22, NLT).

Did you read that and think, “Uh oh, I better make sure I don’t have any hidden sin in my life… or else God is going to expose me!” Rest easy. God doesn’t like to expose people. He greatly, greatly prefers to cover over a multitude of sins with His measureless love, wooing us gently to repentance (1 Pet. 4:8; Rom. 2:4). Furthermore, from the context of today’s verse, we can gather that this is not the point Jesus is emphasizing here.

What He is actually teaching us about with these words is our need to search for understanding. Have you ever read anything in the Bible that had you scratching your head in puzzlement? That kind of mystifying Scripture passage fits into Jesus’ description of “everything that is hidden.”

Up until now, that particular piece of wisdom is hidden from you. Here, He is promising that, if you diligently seek Him about it, that which is hidden from you will eventually be brought into the open. His beautiful secrets, now veiled in mystery, will be brought out into the light for you.

Just two verses later, Jesus adds, “The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given” (v. 24b). Herein lies the key. How much listening are we willing to do? In that same verse, He urges us, “Pay close attention…” How much attention are we willing to pay?

Will we earnestly ask Him about it? Spend dedicated time leaning in for His response? Be on the lookout for the clues He will be sending our way? Treasure the answer when it comes? When we run into one of those hard-to-understand Scripture passages, if we are willing to dig deeper, God is promising to reveal the mystery to us.

We find another clue in the preceding verse that helps us further unpack this truth: “Would anyone light a lamp and then put it under a basket or under a bed? Of course not! A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light will shine” (v. 21).

This is the same promise, put into different words. God is guaranteeing us a lamp. He is pledging to us illumination. He is promising us enlightenment. He will not hold back His revelation from us (put it under a basket or a bed). He freely, generously offers it to us to light up the shadows of our hearts and minds with His brilliance.

It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you precious gifts of understanding and insight. Ask, and you shall receive!

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Have you ever thought about God being eager to give you revelation, as you seek Him with all your heart?

 

13 thoughts on “Unveiling His Secrets

  1. I always feel that God reveals things to us if only we would take the time and effort to be still and listen to what He has to say. That has always been a challenge for me-quieting my mind and being still in His presence.

    Pray that you get better internet connection there.

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    1. Thank you for those prayers! And I sure hear you about the challenge of getting quiet enough on the inside. It feels like a life-long learning curve in this area for me too. I sometimes set the timer for ten minutes just to practice sitting in silence with Him, focused on Him and not saying much.

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  2. Jennifer, the internet can be such a wonderful means of communication. God allows man to develop good things, but sadly , so many have ungodly motives for it’s use. In this and so many other ways, I now pray for “greater” connections that we may share the love and truth of His Holy Word.
    Jennifer, God has gifted you so, in shinning the light on that which He reveals. This he offers to all who truly desire and seek His Word. I have been re-reading [have done so many time with special books] Tozer’s – The Pursuit of God. Amazingly, this much read book was compose in just “1” day. Why? I believe, God allowed this man that spent his life seeking after God the gift of inscribing a wonder truth we all need to know. I have so many thoughts when reading this and other committed people that desire first, to share with many what God has spoken to them. Amen. Len Wisniewski

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