“I’ll tell you, but don’t tell anyone. It’s a secret.”
Oh, the delicious delights of childhood friendship. Your friend always told YOU—and no one else—her secrets.
We grown-ups do the same thing, but in a more adult way. Only a privileged few know our secrets.
That word secret seems to be a special key to friendship, and all of us have very old and deep emotional reactions to the word.
That’s why I was startled to find it here:
For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.
(1 Corinthians 2:10)
What? God tells His children His secrets? Amazing.
Then I read on:
No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.
(1 Corinthians 2:10-12)
My Greek word study tells me that here the word secrets does not mean some knowledge that will be kept from all but a chosen few, like our treasured childhood secrets. It refers, instead, to things that have previously been hidden or unseen or unknown.
The Spirit of God tunes us into God’s thoughts and ways. He gives us understanding and insight that our earthly thinking could never grasp. He wants us to know all the wonderful things He has freely given us. He opens our eyes to see things that He is doing that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to see or understand.
Now that is amazing.
Even though God’s thoughts and ways are so much higher than ours, He gives us this connection to Himself. He wants us to know Him. He wants us to understand what He is doing. And so His Spirit lives within, becomes a part of us…
… and breaks the barriers of our earth-bound minds.
That is very, very amazing.
Oh, the delicious delights of being a child of God!
Spirit, show us the Father and all of the wonderful things He has freely given us.
If you want to read more, here’s an earlier post on the Spirit opening our eyes: Prism of the Spirit. (Click on the title)
My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
And my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming.”
© Elaine Starner 2015
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