This scripture deals with several pointed questions. Eliphaz was counseling Job and was very harsh with him. I don’t know his motives in asking the questions, but they are good ones to consider. Let’s think on the secret. Are we keeping the secret of God a secret?
Job 15: 8 Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself? 9 What knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou, which is not in us?
My doctor’s office has the Norman Rockwell gossip painting in it. No matter how bad I feel when I go there, that poster makes me feel good. The confiding of a secret gets back to the husband who is not too happy about it. Many are involved in the spreading of the secret. The hardest thing to do is keep a secret. Sometimes it slips out accidentally. The urge to tell can be strong. Rockwell’s painting hits humanity right between the eyes.
If it is so hard to keep a secret, why is it easy to hide the truth of God? The lost have clues about the Lord. They can read and get bits and pieces out of the Bible, but for the most part they don’t understand it. It takes the Light of the gospel to open the eyes of the lost. None of us can say we don’t know the secret of God. We can’t say there is no God or there is no after life. Even though we can’t physically see God or heaven, we know they exist. When we were lost we knew when “someone” was dealing with us. That “someone” was God. If you have been born again, you know the secret. We learn more and more about the Bible and the Lord. We know the truth of God is made known to man. There is still a lot I don’t know, but as a believer I am learning. What you have learned through the years from the scripture is truth. We have to do more than hear. We must act on it to experience the reality of it. We are entrusted with it to declare it.
Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself? What knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou, which is not in us? Those are good questions! Not everybody knows about Jesus and how to be saved. If we have been saved, we can’t be like Peter and keep denying Jesus. We bust at trying to keep some secrets. How can we keep the experience of Jesus to ourselves? God never intended to be a secret. He is Light and as believers we have that Light in us. We need to let it shine. Somebody else didn’t keep it a secret from us and we were saved. You are hearing it right now. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. You can experience God and his Son now.
Shame on us if we restrain this wisdom and keep it to ourselves. What do you know about Jesus that others don’t know? What’s the difference between you as a Christian and someone who is not a Christian? Often we try to blend in and keep the secret. That’s a sin. Chapter 15 of Job asks if the things of God are so small and mean so little to us that we just file them away. Consider what you value and what excites you. If we say we’re saved but our lives reflect everything else but God, something is not right. Don’t keep a lid on God. It’s time to declare him and let him out.
Did you save yourself? Verse 14 states what is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous? We are born in sin and shaped in iniquity. If there is any right thing in us, credit must be given to Jesus Christ. So if Jesus is the one doing it, why do we keep him a secret?
Paul speaks of the mystery of iniquity in Thessalonians. We are prone to do the wrong thing. Sometimes we do the opposite of what we want or intend. Why? Paul says it’s our nature and by our own nature we cannot be successful at doing otherwise. That’s why we need to be saved. We need Jesus. There is a devil on the loose who wants us to think or failures are flaws we can improve and work out ourselves. Without Jesus none of us are righteous. The devil works hard to keep the gospel hid. He tries to keep the reality of God a secret. We must be right with God and know it. God has pulled the lid off. We know sin and the need of a Savior for them. That’s why there is in turn a mystery of Godliness. Paul told Timothy and without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. God doesn’t intend to keep what he did a secret. It is a mystery because we keep it that way.
When Paul witnessed to Agrippa, he told him he believed because what Jesus did was not done secretly. It was not a stealth operation. God revealed himself openly, and we try to keep it a secret and a mystery. The infinite God has declared himself in such a way that the wayfaring and children can understand.
The book of Romans tells us that we get in the way. We choose to make it a mystery. One secret God doesn’t want us to keep is him. Let your Light shine! Help someone get to Jesus. Verses 17-18 in Job 15 state I will shew thee, hear me; and that which I have seen I will declare;Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hid it. Eliphaz had a good idea. Instead of considering God small and being outspoken about everything but him, let’s love him enough to declare him. That can be hard. We go face to face with the devil when we try. He wants us to keep quiet, but if you tell the secret of God to someone who doesn’t understand you do the right thing. If they accept God, in turn they will tell someone about Jesus who will tell someone else. Pretty soon the Rockwell painting is at it again! There is a chain reaction when we declare God to others. Jesus will save the world if we’ll tell the news.
Are you good at keeping God a secret? It’s time to let Jesus out of the bag. Let’s re-experience him. Let’s re-declare him to others? Let’s re-determine to be what God wants us to be.