The Lord continues to speak to me from Isaiah 45. “I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.’ Isaiah 45:3 AMPC
This text for me is rich with meaning. In fact, it’s transformational! In this blog, I want to mention two ideas that the Holy Spirit suggests from this verse.
- When God says he will “give us the treasures of darkness and hidden riches stored in secret places,” God wants to open our eyes to things that would otherwise remain unseen, so we can claim what would otherwise remain unclaimed, and
- Where can we find these “treasures of darkness and riches hidden in secret places?”
God wants to open our eyes to things that would otherwise remain unseen
The Scripture speaks to a King who had no relationship with God, but who was called specifically to accomplish something no-one else could do. This began a journey for King Cyrus.
The promise given of the hidden treasures refers to the wealth of the vanquished pagan nations which was customarily concealed in subterranean vaults. Thus, they are called the treasure of darkness. The LORD said that He would give His anointed, Cyrus, the hidden riches of secret places. Those natural riches of gold, silver, and precious gems symbolised greater riches that have been hidden away and awaiting discovery. Cyrus literally seized hidden riches, which helped make his empire extraordinarily powerful.
For us today these treasures can also be found in a relationship with a King, who is also our Father. They are beyond price, costly, and never viewed before our eyes saw them, they are riches of eternal beauty, created specifically for us, as individuals called by God. These treasures surround us! And the Good News is this: God is not trying to hide treasures from us; He’s hiding them for us! And, when God is referring to the hidden riches of the secret places, He is talking about the mysteries of the Kingdom — the secret things that He has hidden for us for this time.
These treasures are secured as we intentionally “seek” God. We must specifically and deliberately ask God to disclose them to you.
Where can we find these “treasures of darkness and riches hidden in secret places?”
It is only as these hidden riches of secret places are opened to the soul that we see, or feel, or know what the Lord Jesus Christ is to those that believe in and love His holy name. It is this bringing forth of the hidden riches of secret places which stamps a divine reality upon God’s Word, and makes it to be spirit and life to the soul.
‘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.
‘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.
Although some have been revealed to us, many more are still a mystery. If they were not, there would be nothing lacking, and His Kingdom would be fully manifested. So, they remain concealed.
If we want God to give us those secrets, then we have to know where He keeps them hidden for us. Jesus told us about it in Matthew 6:6: ‘But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.’ We need to go into the secret place, where we go to get alone with God and to get into His presence. When we spend time in the presence of God, He will reveal His secrets to us. But, we must make the determined decision to practice spending time in His presence each day.
There is surprising treasure stored up in the place of relationship with God, where there is no rush, nor noise, nor outward show. When we answer His call to come in to that place of stillness, deep inside, it is His Holy Spirit who helps us to find our way.