‘Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures.’ (Proverbs 2:4 NLT)
Several years ago, the Lord spoke to me from Isaiah 45, “I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places.” (Isaiah 45:3). This promise is rich with meaning. In fact, it’s transformational! I want to mention two ideas: (1) God wants to open our eyes to things that would otherwise remain unseen, and (2) Where can we find these “treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places”?
God wants to open our eyes to things that would otherwise remain unseen
Thousands of years ago, Isaiah directed this message to the king of Persia (Present-day Iran). This is an incredible prophecy because Isaiah lived two centuries before Cyrus, and yet Isaiah called Cyrus by name 200 years before his birth! Isaiah foresaw Cyrus invading to Babylon, which is in Iraq, and then repatriating the Israelites to their homeland. History reveals this unfolded exactly as Isaiah predicted! What a marvellous testimony this is to the divine inspiration of Scripture. No other book is capable of speaking with such unfaltering accuracy.
But there’s something more to notice: God would not let Cyrus liberate Israel without recompense. The Lord said: “Cyrus, when you free Israel and accomplish my purpose, I will give you the “treasures of darkness and hidden riches in secret places.’” And it’s amazing how this transpired!
Records from Jewish history reveal that once Cyrus freed the Jews, he also granted them permission to rebuild their Temple. And on the exact day Cyrus issued this decree, his soldiers back in Babylon, unearthed vast amounts of silver and gold that the king of Babylon had hidden under the Euphrates River. God’s Word through Isaiah had been fulfilled to the letter when He said, “I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places.”
But we must also ask ourselves: Why does God want to give us the “treasures of darkness”? And this too is revealed in Isaiah’s prophecy. The Lord said to Cyrus in Isaiah 45:3, “I’m doing all this so you will know that I, the Lord, who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.” You see, nothing God does is unpredictable or without significance. God’s purpose was to reveal Himself as the true and living God.
This is God’s message for us. The Lord wants us to know Him
It calls us to enter a deeper experience with Him. The treasures of Heaven are discovered when people detach themselves from the public view and enter secret places with God. This is where God’s hides His treasures. And some of Scripture’s greatest events occurred in lonely, “secret” places:
Where can we find these “treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places”?
Think about the answer: The “treasures of darkness” are stored in – of all places – darkness! And the “riches of secret places” is hidden in – of all locations -“secret places.” That means 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! Now.
In most cases God forces us to go into the dark. We are rarely willing to part with comfort and plunge into isolated places so we can find God’s blessings. God has to sovereignly draw the thick curtain of darkness around us where we can take His treasures.
But there’s only one way to get to it. We have to mine for it.
Mining for hidden treasure requires that we sit with the Lord with our Bible, in prayer or worship in the secret place. It requires time in the Presence of the One who knows all and sees all who can impart to us those things we have not yet seen or understood.
It’s in this process that we grow and understand. It is how we are able to carry the new revelation and what to do with it once possessed. It’s hidden riches because of the joy and growth in discovery. The muscles created in the process of the dig make us strong enough to survive what he will face in the future.
There are things God has hidden and waiting for each of us. He’s just waiting for us to begin to dig. It’s when we decide to finally begin to mine that I believe He is cheering us on, knowing the treasure that awaits in the process. As the relationship deepens, so does the hidden riches that is available. God’s treasures aren’t so obvious.
God’s treasures aren’t so obvious. They are extracted from dark and secret places. Are you willing to go there?