“Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come” (Jerimiah 33:3)
When we seek God with our whole heart, God will listen when we pray. God promises to hear us, and share unsearchable and unknowable things with us. It is another invitation to become more intimate with God.
If we are wise, careful, or even just have a healthy sense of self preservation, we only give our secrets to those with whom we have a healthy relationship. We honor and protect our “secret” places by making sure the people with share them with are trustworthy. God invites us in because God has declared us worthy. God wants to share the mysteries of heaven with us. To be fair, God has already begun sharing these secrets, these mysteries. We can read them in scripture. But too often, we only see the surface. We only perceive a fraction of what is actually written. We only grasp the very tip of God’s heart and will. God wants to give us more of God’s self – for God’s good purposes.
As I read that verse, “Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about what is to come,” there are many questions that immediately come to mind. The first, however, is, “do I really want to know?” God may consider me worthy of the secrets of heaven, but I’m not so sure if I consider myself trustworthy of the secrets of heaven. If God gives me eyes to see, then I am responsible to do something with that knowledge. If I see that people are hurting, I’m responsible to help provide comfort. If I see that people are hungry, I am responsible to help feed them. If I can see that they are lonely, then I am responsible for offering them relationship. If I can see the problem, I am responsible to be part of the solution. If I have seen the secrets of heaven, then I am part of the plan to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to earth.
God is good and God is for our good. We are each born with gifts and graces. We are given gifts of the Spirit for God’s purposes. No one person is responsible for everything. So, when I read that verse, “Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come,” I wonder, what would God show me? What will God show me – because no matter how hesitant or unworthy I might be, I don’t have it in me to walk away. I don’t have it in me not to ask God to show me more of God’s self, God’s heart.
As we continue this journey of Lent and celebrate the Resurrection, will you pray, seek God’s heart, and ask. God has invited you into the secret places. God says you are worthy of the secrets of heaven. What might God reveal to you? Ask. Everyone loves a good secret.