Theme: God’s Secrets, Mans Ignorance, Psalm 25: 14
Introduction: Our God sits on His throne and looks down on men. He is amused when we say and do things, often foolishly, not knowing the origin or the circumstances of things we talk about. But our God is the great and only source of knowledge and wisdom. He is the keeper and revealer of all secrets. Therefore, for any human to talk about God’s secrets is to put himself in an impossible position. The first challenge one would be confronted with is the very nature of God. God is a spirit while man is only part spirit and mostly human. Which means that man is terrestrial, limited by time and space, while God, being a spirit, is not limited by anything or in anything.
The second challenge, which is related to the first, is that God exists in three dimensions - He is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is in heaven above, on earth below and is everywhere at the same time. Yet He is one God who lived before time began, exists in time and beyond time Ps.90:2. He created the universe and everything therein. But He was never created by anyone.
So how does any person He created begin to assume that He can talk about this mysterious God. Where does one start from? Indeed, everything we know about Him in these three offices is what He has revealed, not what man has found out through his own efforts.
In which case one must acknowledge that God is essentially a secret being whose thoughts and ways are far above human knowledge and understanding, a situation which, Paul the great scholar, apostle and missionary, acknowledge in Romans 11:33.
So one can only talk about His revealed secrets not those He has kept in reserve until His appointed time. From what the bible tells us about Him, He is not just the creator He is the sustainer of the universe Ps. 24:1 -2.
Jesus, His son is His visible image. the one that men saw, Heb. 1:1-3 whose missionary journey had been foretold by several Old Testament Prophets, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:2, 6-7, Micah 5:2, Zechariah 9:9 and Malachi 3:1-3. By His self-revelation Jesus and the Father are one and the same person, John 14:7-10.
The Holy Spirit is the voice of God in the Old Testament, giving instructions to Moses, Ex. 14:15-18 or acting out the divine script in the appointment of kings, I Sam. 16:4-13 or anointing priests Lev. 8:12. In both the Old and New Testaments He reveals the mind of God, Ex 3:13 and 14, Ex. 4:22, Acts 13:2, Acts 27:22-24.
Even in our time the Holy spirit is still in the business of revealing divine secrets. Two examples wilt do although there are hundreds, maybe thousands everyday.
Example 1: A young man loves to eat rice but each time he did he had severe stomach disorder. Yet rice remained his favorite meal. So he spoke to his pastor who advised him to go to a prayer mountain (Ori Oke Olorunkole) in Oyo State, Nigeria. He did and after several days of prayer and fasting he had a dream. He saw his dead father stealing a bicycle carrying a bag of rice. His father stole both the bicycle and the rice. The young man knew the owner of the missing bicycle and the rice but was not aware that it was his father who had stolen them. On the advice of the Pastor the young man made restitution after which the problem with the rice meal disappeared. The Holy Spirit, the revealer of secrets, had come to his aid.
Example 2: A relation of mine went missing in July 2007. My wife and I prayed hard. We went around looking for him without success. On day two I had a dream. I found myself by the road side on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. A commercial bus heading for Ibadan stopped by mid my missing relation came down from the bus, apologizing for not informing me of his intended trip. He thereafter announced that he was heading home. That was the dream. Later in the day I received a phone call from a friend of his that He had been found alive and well.
1. God is the custodian of all secrets pertaining to creation, its origin, its present or future. His decision to disclose whatever secret, and to whom, is entirely His. Jer. 33:3
2. Who does He reveal secrets to? Primarily His children for their own benefit. Deut. 29:29, Ps 25:14.
3. Christians must live their lives in such a way that they will seek to please Him, knowing that they cannot hide anything from Him.
4. By reading and studying His word they derive new insights into Him and His way. Col. 3:16,
5. However, believers must accept that He withholds certain secrets because revealing them will do us harm 2 Cor. 12:2-4, 1Cor. 13:9-12