I remember the rush of determination I got when I started going geocaching (basically, an outdoor treasure hunt). Running through the bushes, looking under rocks, climbing through the trees, I was determined to find the treasure, even if that meant getting stuck by thorns and spending hours looking in the dirt. I wanted it. And I knew I was capable of finding it, because my dad would tell me I was.
I can’t say that this is the case in my relationship with God all the time. Especially in my search for learning more truth, in my search for the Kingdom of God. It’s easy to believe that the wisdom, the secrets, the knowledge of the Kingdom of God is so out of our reach – completely unattainable. How can I, a mere imperfect human being, understand the ways of the Kingdom of the Almighty, perfect God?
This idea of not being able to attain this wisdom keeps our Bibles shut. It keeps us from opening our mouths and being in communication with our Creator. We’re afraid we won’t understand – so we don’t try.
In Matthew, Jesus speaks in parables all…the…time. He speaks in stories and analogies that are meant to teach a lesson without clearly defining what the lesson is. I can imagine what the disciples were maybe thinking, “C’mon Jesus, make your point already.” But the things of the Kingdom of God aren’t always clear road signs; they aren’t always clearly defined lesson-plans. So why should Jesus’ parables about them be? Jesus refers to the things of His Kingdom as “secrets of the Kingdom”. Why wouldn’t He speak in parables about these secrets?
I believe He did because He wanted His disciples to search for these secrets, and discover them.
After many sermons with many parables, the disciples finally asked Jesus, perhaps impatiently, “Why do you use parables when you talk to people?” (Matthew 15:10)
“He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.”
(Matthew 13:11-12 NLT)
Jesus talks about how the “prophets and the righteous” before and in His lifetime could not see, hear or understand the “secrets of the Kingdom”, because “the hearts of these people are hardened”. (v. 15) They didn’t live, walk, or thrive in relationship with Jesus like the disciples did.
Then, Jesus says to the disciples, “But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.”
(Matthew 13:16 NLT)
Because the disciples lived with Jesus, witnessed His miracles, played a part in His ministry and a greater call, and existed in relationship with Him, they had opened eyes and ears. 12 fishermen, tax collectors, unworthy people made worthy by Jesus, were able to understand the ways of the Kingdom of God. And so are we.
Ask Jesus to give you a desire to seek more wisdom, more of His Kingdom. We have Jesus inside of us, therefore we are capable of understanding things beyond this world. In fact , in Luke 17:21, Jesus says, “the Kingdom of God is among you.” Among you! Right in front of you! Jesus blesses our eyes and our ears when we desire to see and hear more of Him and His Kingdom. The words in His Bible are more than just words – embedded inside is truth that pierces darkness, secrets that are meant to be discovered. They are not unattainable. They are treasures meant to be found by you.
Keep searching, yearn for the secrets of His Kingdom. In Proverbs, wisdom is described as the greatest treasure – more valuable than gold. Ask God to soften your heart, and keep your eyes and ears open and ready. God is faithful to give treasures to those who want it.