When I took this picture above, I did not know (and upon further reflection) how God would speak into the recesses of my hungry heart.
The colorful leaves dangling from the trees are falling softly, and a breeze all but portray the many individual blessings that are found and bestowed in the secret places of God. So many given; in and from different places. The separation: the opening between trees simply lure as a doorway peeks, mysteriously opening not knowing where it might lead, and miraculously seen when God provides. Entering within, and not fully known, God is drawing – embracing His children full of mercy and grace.
He ministers when we most need it.
He refocuses our attention on His ways with a gentle reminder not to be discouraged or be consumed with the lies – a system where the world places a higher value on temporal things.
The “secret places” that God speaks about in Isaiah 45 are in fact blessings he bestows on His children, and not only to children who know HIM, but includes HIS children who do not yet. These blessings declare God’s provision which they cannot dismiss, manipulate or rationalize credit for themselves, but instead speak without a shadow of doubt blessings that can not be denied as given from the LORD. They are gloriously given to draw his beloved children to HIMSELF.
This passage has come at a time and encouraged me today that though I have relatives where material provision abounds, and for all appearances think they have no need of God, quite frankly they are deceived. But God does not leave them there. Yeah! The true perspective is God has blessed them to draw them to HIMSELF for His Glory and for the fulfillment of a BIGGER PICTURE of which we do not fully understand! What stands true is God is not finished! Though … God to them at this juncture still remains an unknown God, but thankful nonetheless because God foreknows and has called them by his name.
“I will go before you and level the exalted places, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron, I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hoards in secret places, that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who call you by your name. For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen, I call you by your name, I name you, though you do not know me. – Isaiah 45:2-4 (ESV)
“Cyrus is called God’s anointed; he was designed and qualified for his great service by the counsel of God. The gates of Babylon which led to the river, were left open the night that Cyrus marched his army into the empty channel. The Lord went before him, giving entrance to the cities he besieged. He gave him also treasures, which had been hidden in secret places. The true God was to Cyrus an unknown God; yet God foreknew him; he called him by his name. The exact fulfillment of this must have shown Cyrus that Jehovah was the only true God, and that it was for the sake of Israel that he was prospered. In all the changes of states and kingdoms, God works out the good of his church.” – Matthew Henry’s Commentary