But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.
As I read this promise this morning, I am struck by its dual application. It feels as though it is both a promise that should give me a moment’s pause and a promise that should cause me to breathe a sigh of relief.
It should give me pause because there is the implication that everything I do — no matter how secretive I think I am being — will be displayed in front of everyone one day. The promise of a future judgment is a promise that everything I do — good and bad — will be displayed publicly and rewarded or censured as appropriate. Nothing I think I have covered up will remain thus. Nothing that I think I have hidden is unknown to God and none of it will remain unknown to others.
I am able to breathe a sigh of relief knowing that this can also mean that all secrets will eventually stop being secret. There will come a day when I know as I also am known. There will be nothing about my God; no detail regardless how small that will not be open to examination. I will be able to ask and be answered; to seek and find. The secret things belong to the LORD (Deuteronomy 29:29) and the LORD offers us Himself. I will be able to know all the things that I seek to know in the day that I know as I am known. And that, for such as me, is a welcome relief.
Let me be mindful that all I do ostensibly in secret will be revealed and all things that are currently hidden will eventually be known. I will know as I am known and that is both a warning and a sweet promise.
For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has [anything] been secret, but that it would come to light.
In context, Jesus is talking about parables. He explains the parables to them and goes on to talk about lamps and then this statement comes along. This statement is both generally true and specifically true.
This is specifically true, because God reveals things to those who seek Him. The Bible contains promises that the Holy Spirit will open up the contents of the scriptures to believers who ask. There is nothing hidden in the scripture that God will not eventually make plain as day. All prophecies will be fulfilled. All mysteries will have an unveiling. Eventually, everything will be simple and plain. We will see Him as He is.
This principle is also generally true. We do not hide things unless we want to reveal them to someone. And secrets are truly difficult things to keep. These are even more true when the thing we are hiding or the secret we are keeping is good. Trying to hold back the announcement when my wife and I found out we were expecting a child better than a year ago was difficult, but the information was withheld because we wanted it to come to light at a particular moment and to reveal it in a certain way.
God keeps certain things secret for reasons that make sense to God — and might to us, too, but we will not know until God reveals both the secret things and His reasons for keeping them secret. God keeps certain things hidden. He does not do this because He is secretive or has anything to hide. God has reasons for keeping certain things hidden, just as we do. But nothing is hidden except because there is a right moment for it to come to light.
Father God, please let me be open to receive whatever You would reveal today. Let me not begrudge You the secret things, but rejoice in those things that You determine I am ready to hear and understand. Thank You that there will come a day when I will be able to understand it all. Today is not that day, but that day is coming and I look forward to it with eagerness.