He hung on every word. He never missed a thing. A listener. A watcher. The problem — every word he hung on was in someone else’s conversation. The thing he never missed happened to someone else. A spy. An eavesdropper. Always on the hunt for even a tidbit of gossip, a snippet of possible dirt, a small piece of negative info to use against anyone he could. A purveyor of bellicosity, snide remarks and backhanded compliments. Hateful. Bitter. Impossible to reach. A shake-the-dust-off and walk away from him, kind of person. People learned. Keep your distance. Not safe. Danger. Avoid when possible. Toxic. Basically, just give your name, rank and serial number. However, that was a mighty tall order when one had to work with him forty hours a week. I know, believe me, I know. I tried oh so many times to live peaceably with him, but to no avail. Eventually, I had to shake the dust. He complained to others that I was too quiet and boring and didn’t have any interests or do anything. Guilty as charged. By necessity when in his presence I morphed into the consummate non-commutative milquetoast coworker.
Fortunately, that was not the only kind of coworker I had. Many of the men and women were good and upright people. Some have become my closest friends. I can trust them and they me with the intimate things of our lives. Our successes, our failures, our hopes, our dreams, even our secrets are safe with each other.
The Bible tells us God relates to different people in distinct ways as well. Though none of us are perfect, and all of us are sinful, there are men and women whom God is willing to share His heart and His secrets. “The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant.” (Psalm 25:14) God reveals His counsel and His covenant – to those who are principled and virtuous. To those who have a reverent view of the Lord. To those who can be trusted with the intimate things of life – and even the divine. There are many others who care little for the things of God: Those who have no reverence for Him; those who have a perverse delight in trampling on people and His pearls. He shares little with them.
Which kind of person are you? Does God trust you with His secrets?