When Your Secret Gets Out
Part 1 and 2
Job 29:4 As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle;
Intro: Job is telling a parable. That is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. The story is true; so is the meaning.
In this chapter, we see what happens when a young man experiences a deeper relationship with God.
Job referred to it as “the secret of God.”
He remembered that as a young man, the “secret of God was upon his tabernacle.”
This refers to the presence of God on him and on his dwelling.
But this entire chapter proves that you cannot keep an intimate walk with God private.
It will be evident; it will be obvious. Others will see and take notice.
Job said he “put on righteousness and it clothed me” in verse 14.
He went on to say that his judgment was “as a robe and as a diadem.”
It is clear that the “secret of God” will at some point be impossible to hide.
We are about to have several days of special services, guest preachers to preach to our young people.
I discovered that Job 1:1 wasn’t a coincidence.
Job had been upright and fearing God since his youth.
This is Job’s way of saying, “Oh to be young again!”
Job is remembering what it was like for him as a young man.
Job is taking a walk down memory lane. He’s reminiscing “the days of my youth.”
A. He remembered God’s Preservation – vs. 2 (Guarded; watched over) He didn’t become a casualty; a statistic;
B. He remembered God’s Precepts – vs. 3 “His candle…his light…
C. He remembered God’s Presence – vs. 4, 5 …the secret of God…when the Almighty was yet with me…
D. He remembered God’s Provision – vs. 6 …I washed my steps with butter; the rock poured me out rivers of oil
Job’s walk with God; his experience of “the secret of God” was his secret to success.
But make no mistake – his “secret” was no secret.
His secret got out, and it was abundantly evident to everyone.
- The Bible says he was the greatest in the empire. – 1:1
- Then it says he was the greatest in the east. – 1:3
- Then it says he was the greatest in all the earth. – 1:8
- He was so great that Satan knew him by name – 1:9
The SECRET OF GOD that was upon Job’s tabernacle was not a secret.
And when we allow the secret of God to dwell upon us, and upon our house, it won’t be a secret either!
There’s no way you can keep it a secret when you’ve cultivated a relationship with God that warrants His Divine Preservation, follows His Divine Precepts, experiences His Divine Presence, and enjoys His Divine Provision.
- When you’re preserved during a time of death, destruction, discouragement and devastation, people notice!
- When the candle of God shines upon your head, and you walk through the darkness with his light, people see it!
- When God lets you wash your steps with butter, that’s not something you can hide for very long!
- When God lets the rocks pour you out rivers of oil, that gets people’s attention!
When you have learned the “secret of God”, people will know. Or as Acts 4 says, they will take knowledge of you.
- Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
How can you tell when your secret is out? What happens when you’ve experienced the “secret of God?”
I. It will be Evident in your Influence – vs. 7-13
- Vs. 7 When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street!
The seat in the gate was a place of respect; honor; influence.
You don’t just walk in and sit there whenever you take a notion.
It took time; it took preparation for that place of influence.
Nobody can prepare your seat of influence for you – you have to do it yourself.
It takes a deliberate effort based on a track record of wise choices; careful and premediated decisions.
Job was remembering that as a young man, he had enormous influence in his time.
The “secret of God” was no longer a secret.
A man that has experienced “the secret of God” will be affected in his public life.
It was evident…
A. With the Young Men – vs. 8 “The young men saw me, and hid themselves…”
The young men – his peers – they were intimidated by him.
He was out of their league. His maturity and his walk with God embarrassed them.
First Mention of hiding is Adam and Eve hiding from God because they were ashamed.
They were the same age, but they weren’t on the same page.
I’ve said it many times – a young person that walks with God will be light years beyond their peers.
Cream rises to the top.
A young person that allows THE SECRET OF GOD to be upon their tabernacle will be exceptional among their peers.
B. With the Aged – vs. 8b “…and the aged arose, and stood up.”
Standing up is a sign of respect.
When the aged saw him, they arose and stood up.
When the aged people stand up for you, that’s a powerful testimony of their respect for you.
The elderly today are begging for someone young that they can respect.
C. With the Princes – vs. 9 “The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.”
The princes – those in authority – they are silenced by your walk with God.
Those in political office cannot speak; they don’t know what to say.
D. With the Nobles – vs. 10 “The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.”
The nobles are those with influence; leaders; prestige and position.
They will not be able to respond; to question; to debate; to argue; to indict.
The tongue only cleaves to the roof of the mouth in cases of extreme dryness.
Their mouths will go dry when you walk up.
They may have money; they may have power; they may be the elite; but you had the SECRET OF GOD with you.
II. It will be Evident in your Involvement – vs. 12-16
NOTE: The response of the young men, the aged, the princes and the nobles was BECAUSE… (vs. 12)
The following verses is why Job had so much influence.
He was a man of action.
He didn’t sit on the sidelines and wait for someone else to do what he could do.
He didn’t wait to be asked; or begged; or bribed. He stepped up and did something.
A. It will be Proactive – vs. 12 “I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none…”
The SECRET OF GOD is the cure for apathy.
You cannot experience THE SECRET OF GOD and turn a blind eye to those around you that are crying.
He didn’t just notice the crying; he didn’t just hear the crying, he was moved by pity and HE DELIVERED them.
There’s a big difference in being moved, and moving.
By the way – this is the sign of TRUE RELIGION.
- James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction…
NOTE: If you’ve got enough butter to wash your steps with it, you’ll want to pass it around.
If you’ve experienced the rock pouring you out rivers of oil, you’ll want to share some of it!
Look at verses 15 and 16
- 15 I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.
- 16 I was a father to the poor:
He did more than see the need – he met the need.
He did more than recognize the problem – he provided the solution.
The reason why we have so many lazy people in our churches today is they’ve yet to experience THE SECRET OF GOD.
B. It will be Praised – vs. 11, 13 “The blessing…came upon me…I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.”
Job testified that his life caused those around him to be bless him.
- Job 29:11 When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me:
His involvement caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.
He was an answer to their prayer.
He cared enough to roll up his sleeves, deliver them and help them when nobody else would.
C. It will be Pure – vs. 14 “I put on righteousness and it clothed me…”
Job was not walking in the flesh and carnality; he put on righteousness AND IT CLOTHED ME. (vs. 14)
- Psalms 132:9 Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.
- Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
When you’ve discovered THE SECRET OF GOD, it will be obvious to everyone. They can see it a mile off.
It will affect your Appearance, your Attitude, your Answers, your Aspirations, your Actions.
Your secret will get out. There’s no hiding a person that puts on and is clothed in righteousness.
When THE SECRET OF GOD is upon your tabernacle, you’ll live a holy, godly, righteous life. Guaranteed!
D. It will be Powerful – vs. 14b “…my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.”
Job’s judgment was not only public, not only prominent, but it was powerful.
The robe and the diadem were worn by men of power and authority.
Job’s involvement in a situation was not ignored; it was not disregarded; it had weight and it had influence.
When Job as a young man weighed in on a situation, people listened.
His words; his counsel; his advice; his judgment had an impact and it earned him respect.
NOTE: I’ve said it many times – you can either be a person that is always in need of help, or you can give it.
I’d rather be the tow truck than the car that’s always in the ditch.
I’d rather be the one that people come to for solutions rather than always being the problem.
I’d rather be the one people turn to for advice and judgment rather than the one they run from.
Job’s secret was out because he had allowed THE SECRET OF GOD to rest upon his tabernacle.
III. It will be Evident in your Indignation – vs. 17-20
Whoever said Christians cannot get upset or angry has never read the Bible.
I wouldn’t give a plug nickel for a Christian that doesn’t ever get upset at what the devil is doing.
Job got involved in the problems of others.
Sometimes, that put him in the heat of the battle.
A. Notice his Research – vs. 16b “…and the cause which I knew not I searched out.”
He did his homework.
He educated himself on the problem and found a solution.
He got to the bottom of the situation.
A lot of people get upset before they find out the facts.
- Proverbs 18:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
B. Notice his Response – vs. 17a “And I brake the jaws of the wicked…”
Once he learned the facts, he got mad, and then he did something about it.
Job’s testimony was clear: he gave the nobles cottonmouth, and the wicked lockjaw!!
Job remembered that as a young man, he confronted evil.
He didn’t walk away. He didn’t hide. He was not passive.
He confronted the wicked and SHUT THEIR MOUTH.
Notice Paul’s instruction to Titus. (See Titus 1)
- 9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
- 10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
- 11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.
- 12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
- 13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
C. Notice his Restoration – vs. 17b “…and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.”
He took from the teeth of the wicked that which they had stolen, and gave it back.
This is a picture of a mind that was set on restoration.
Helping the victims of the wicked get closure; get healing; get restored.
Job was driven by a strong sense of justice.
There was no way he would sit by and let the wicked enjoy the spoils of another without a fight.
D. Notice his Resolve – vs. 18 “I will die in my nest…”
Job was not afraid or intimidated by them.
He wasn’t worried about becoming a victim.
He said, “I shall multiply my days as the sand.”
What was he saying?
He was saying, “I’m not going anywhere. I’ll die in my own bed – a long time from now.”
He was not afraid of the wicked. Plain and simple.
Was he arrogant? Was he cocky? Was he proud?
No – he had experienced the “secret of God” upon his tabernacle, and he wasn’t afraid of the wicked.
- Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
By the way – he was right.
Read Job 42:16, 17
- 16 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations.
- 17 So Job died, being old and full of days.
He definitely died in his own nest. His days were multiplied as the sand.
E. Notice his Reach – vs. 19 “…root spread out…dew lay all night upon my branch.”
The branches of the tree is symbolic of refuge; protection; safety.
SEE Ezekiel 31
- 5 Therefore his height was exalted above all the trees of the field, and his boughs were multiplied, and his branches became long because of the multitude of waters, when he shot forth.
- 6 All the fowls of heaven made their nests in his boughs, and under his branches did all the beasts of the field bring forth their young, and under his shadow dwelt all great nations.
- 7 Thus was he fair in his greatness, in the length of his branches: for his root was by great waters.
Job’s SECRET OF GOD allowed him to be a safe harbor and help other people.
The picture of the dew laying all night on the branch is a vivid picture of God’s blessings on his branch.
It’s important to know that there can be no reach in the branch until there is a spreading of the roots.
That is a picture of the Psalm 1 godly man – he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water.
F. Notice his Renewal – vs. 20 “My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand.”
When the SECRET OF GOD is dwelling at your tabernacle, you’ll experience revival when others are dying.
Job didn’t run out of gas because he was running on something far greater.
Despite the Brokenness and the Battles around him, Job was fresh and renewed.
He wasn’t dependent upon the pastor, or the church, or other saints for revival.
He was renewed by God Almighty!
IV. It will be Evident in your Instruction – 21-25
A. It was Irrefutable – vs. 21, 22
- 21 Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel.
- 22 After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them.
B. It was Invaluable – vs. 23
- 23 And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.
- 24 If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.
C. It was Instrumental – vs. 25
- 25 I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.