The secret-keeping test!

*Can you keep a secret?

*Could you keep a secret for a friend?

*Would you be able to keep a secret for the Lord?

If the Lord had spoken to you for your benefit alone, could you keep it locked inside?

One of the hardest things the Lord must ask as woman to do – is to keep quiet! We are talkers. Men aren’t like us. We women love to natter (not gossip that is).

The Virtuoso’s Incredible Secret  

One of the world’s greatest pianists has revealed to his fans and audiences for the very first time that he has been keeping a secret from them. Marcelo Bratke has won five prestigious international awards and played at some of the most coveted venues in the world, even though he cannot read music!

Unknown to his audiences and fans all over the world Marcelo has never seen one person in his audience while they have been sitting listening to his extraordinary talent! Only now after 25 years Marcelo Bratke confessed how he has been blind for most of his life! Now THAT is what you call a secret-keeper!

The secret-keeping test.

*Does God like us to keep a secret?

*Does God like secrets?

It seems that He does and Matthew 6 is just one example.

The Lord often told people not to tell.  Maybe the Lord is looking for some secret-keepers! I’m convinced the Lord seeks people who can be trusted to keep quiet about something. You could be tested on it.

Jesus even told a blind man not to tell anyone he’d been healed! Can you image being asked to keep that a secret!? Is there any Christian who could? Or would? And Why? It doesn’t seem to make sense to ask someone to keep quiet about a healing. But if it was the blind man’s test it doesn’t have to make sense to us. God knows what test each person needs.

If the Lord speaks to you personally about something that could only pertain to you and wouldn’t be of any advantage to anyone else, could you keep it to yourself? You may ask ‘but why should I? It may just be a matter of obedience.

The Lord wants a unique relationship with each of His children, to be able to reveal things to one that isn’t meant for another. You could be denying yourself of a very special and personal relationship with Him if telling everything about your personal relationship with Jesus. We are His offspring and He should be able to trust us, just as a husband and wife have the right to expect their intimate secrets not to be shared with anyone else. What betrayal that would be.

I think of Mary the mother of Jesus. What a fine example of secrecy. How many with such a dramatic visitation wouldn’t immediately contact every friend to tell them about it?  But what did Mary do? She kept it a secret. What discipline. What spiritual maturity.

Esther was also secret keeper. In the palace she kept her identity a secret, “Esther would not reveal her nationality” (Esther 2:2).

Daniel kept things to himself too, “The revelation ended but I kept the matter to myself” (Daniel 7:28).

So it’s clear that God doesn’t always want us to tell everyone what He reveals to us – or even what He does for us. Sometimes God’s blessing can cause jealousy and it doesn’t hurt to keep certain ones a secret.

It was when I was in hospital having a baby, that I was made to realise I should have kept quiet about something and it was my very first tough lesson in secrecy! It was there in that hospital bed that I went through my first ever test of ‘when-to-keep-quiet!’  (Lost in Faith chapter 8. ‘It could take faith… to keep quiet!)

What about secret faults? Secret sins?

Do you have any? God sees them if others can’t.

The Lord can have intimate fellowship with us if not hiding a secret sin,

“He is intimate with the upright”” (Proverbs 3:32).

“The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him” (Psalm 25:14).

If we fear (i.e., revere) Him we won’t want there to be any secret sins!

Prayer for discretion

Lord, give me the wisdom to know when and what to share and what not to. Please remind me to always test my reasons when I feel to share something. Help me never to want to prove spirituality.

Heavenly Father, search my heart. Show me any secret sins, and help me remove them.

“Cleanse me from secret faults (i,e sins) Psalm 19:12.

Thank you for you word Lord. Amen

Part message taken from Daughters Under Trial. Copyright. Living Devotions. 2018. ISBN 9780956908827. 26 distinct messages on the trials we face in our walk with the Lord.

God bless. Christine.

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