Working in an office environment I regularly receive memos that give instructions or information. In my quiet times, God through His Word, does something similar – he sends me memo’s
Kingdom living occurs through a range of contexts – today I want to explore the thought of memo’s from God for when we enter this realm God unfolds the secrets of His Kingdom.
For me to know God, to pursue His kingdom and righteousness, requires time in prayer and time reading and meditating on God’s Word. A significant difference in my understanding of His Word came when I began to seek after God’s Word like hidden treasure. As I approached the Word of God like a hidden treasure, I began to gain total access to the knowledge or riches of God.
And it came to me via a memo from God about the ministry of King Cyrus. In Isaiah 45:1-3 we find a prophecy about King Cyrus. Cyrus remains a prominent biblical figure that was highly exalted by God to be deliverer, provider and preserver of the Hebrews and from whom the Messiah, Jesus Christ came. He was called, chosen and anointed by God with incredible power, wealth and influence for God’s Kingdom purpose. He was not a Jew or a Christian, but God knew that He could trust this God with a download of glory because he had a good heart, respected God and would remain loyal to His Kingdom purpose. Cyrus anointing made a young man the most powerful King in his season.
What makes this prophecy stand out so distinctly is that Isaiah actually calls Cyrus by name. King Cyrus fulfilled this word approximately 200 years later by walking in obedience to the divine call of God upon his life.
However, it was this verse ‘I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord’ (Isaiah 45:3) that gave me a totally different perspective on the seeking deeper the treasure in God’s Word.
In the context in which this passage was written, these words were meant literally. The Israelites needed someone to overcome all of these obstacles to rescue them from captivity, and recover the treasures that had been hidden away, typically in subterranean places. History books will tell us that Cyrus came away from his conquests with many thousands of pounds of gold and silver.
However, I began to look at this passage figuratively. Treasure would be a misleading word to use here as the first thing that comes to our mind in our culture is something of monetary value. However, The word “treasures” in one concordance suggests it could mean a secret storehouse.
There is a secret storehouse in the Word of God if we are willing to seek it out! My whole life was changed because I took the time to seek God. I still value this time daily as I have sat with Him with my Bible open just enjoying God through His Word. This for me is a treasure of knowledge.
I learned that there is certain knowledge God opens to everyone, such as knowledge of His love, his plan of salvation, etc. Then there is knowledge which is hidden (hidden riches of secret places). For this knowledge, it required the cleansing work of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit for me to access it.
Unfortunately, I have found many Christians who are content with the laid-up treasure. Few appear to be willing to seek His heart and be given the security clearance into the hidden riches of secret places. Timeless treasures remain hidden until someone dares to look from a new perspective.
I rejoice in that I have direct access to the secret things of God. That’s right — God wants to share His secrets with us! Can you image this? Just picture as I have, God coming near, cupping His hand, and whispering His secrets into your ear, and another memo from God’s Word arrives.
And, one came with a personal promise from the Lord: “The Lord will lead me to riches in secret places. He knows where the opportunities are. He knows where the ideas and concepts are. As I learn to listen to Him, and respond through faith, He will show me what I should do, the roads I should take, and the doors I should walk through. He is ready to intensify His leading! I will experience a constant anointing that will abide!”
Only as these riches stored in secret places are opened up to the soul can we know God. ‘The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.’ (Deuteronomy 29:29).
It is bringing forward the hidden riches that reveal the divine reality of God’s Word. ‘In Him all the treasures of [divine] wisdom (comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God) and [all the riches of spiritual] knowledge and enlightenment are stored up and lie hidden’ (Colossians 2:3 AMP). The riches are unlocked by our obedience.
For me as I draw closer to God, I find that I become desperate to become more and more like Him. We are as good as the treasure we seek.
So what is your treasure? What does your heart long for?
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Luke 12:34 ESV)