Yesterday I wrote a post making the comment that, “Prophets infrequently see and encounter angels. They see, hear, dream, see visions feel, discern and know what God is saying, doing, showing, revealing – but it is not their secret to reveal.”
I should clarify what I mean when I wrote, “but it is not their secret to reveal.”
Perhaps my use of the word, “secret” is an ill-advised one but my meaning behind it was that sometimes God can speak to you, but it doesn’t mean that you need to share it publicly straight away.
Someone may argue that if God has shown you something then surely it is done so that it should be communicated as soon as conveniently possible. Another slant may be that surely God in his providence and omniscience knows when the time is right and would surely wait for that moment before revealing it so that it comes at the right time, place and to the right person?
Both are good questions or perspectives, but I consider that when the scriptures say that:
- “The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.” (Ps 25:14)
- “For the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets”. (Amos 3:7)
Of course we must be sure to apply good homiletics to these verses, but my thinking is that both of these verses talk of relationships; they fear Him. They are His servants. The intimacy of a relationship in the natural means that things that are undisclosed in public (opinions, tastes, preferences, etc.) are openly shared in that friendship, but are not for disclosure to others outside of that relational setting, except without open consent.
John 15:14-15 speaks about our friendship with Christ. This is developed further by the Lord’s brother James who says that, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. (James 2:23)
What I am inferring here is the potential that God will show us things that demonstrate a revelation of His intent, showing us the things that He is doing; much in the same way as for Jesus only doing the things He saw the Father doing.
I personally have had words and insights for people that I have felt impressed not to share for some considerable time. It is like Lord in friendship including me in His plan, and then at just the precise time prompting me so I am able to share something that helps and encourages.
My own sense of purpose is I am to restore hope in the heart of the believer through a scripture-honouring approach to the prophetic ministry. This agenda, along with waiting for God to prompt me in His timing makes for an exciting but challenging approach to the ministry.
I sincerely hope that makes it clearer!
You can find the article I have referred to here.
Stay safe – keep yourself in the love of God, be alert because your enemy is like a roaring lion, looking who to devour!