Several years ago I read about a little boy who couldn’t get the zipper to work on his jacket. We’ve all been there with the zipper thing. We couldn’t get the zipper to lineup, our arms weren’t long enough, or for whatever reason it simply wouldn’t work.
After several frustrating attempts, his grandmother said, “Here, let me help you. I’ll show you the secret of zipping your jacket.”
She then took both sides, put them together, and zipped it up saying, “there you go!”
After a long pause, the grandson asked in an exasperated manner, “Why does it have to be a secret?”
We are always hearing about secrets and the Bible.
Here’s the truth: “It’s not a secret.”
The Bible may contain hard sayings and strong challenges, but it’s not secretive. It’s open to everyone who will submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
I would simply say, If it’s advertised as a code or a secret, it’s not worth reading.
On the contrary, if it’s advertised as challenging or difficult, go for it.
Go for it because the Bible is challenging; the words of Jesus are demanding.
The New Testament was not written in classical Greek but the Greek of the common people. While the New Testament is amazing, it’s not a code or a secret.
The word is for you. It’s for people who will open their hearts to God and seek Him in the midst of Scripture.
I would encourage you to do three things as you prepare to open God’s Word.
First, ask God to make Himself known to you in Scripture.
God wants to know you and you to know Him. That’s why it’s called revelation (a word that means an unveiling). Jesus was not crucified in secret but in the open so that everyone could look upon Him.
Second, ask yourself what should I learn in Scripture that will change my life? Then, seek to know and understand God’s Word.
Finally, don’t give up. The more you read and the more you seek, the more God will make himself known.
It’s not a secret; it’s the Word of God.