"The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant" (Psalm 25:14).

Christmas is such a fun time for secrets. At our house, our four children were not allowed to look into the closets or under our bed until all the gifts were wrapped. Since we were homeschooling, enforcing this rule was not too difficult. However, even after the presents had been wrapped, determining what was inside was sometimes easy for my children to figure out, especially as they got older and smarter. I learned that if I wanted to surprise them at Christmas, I needed to cleverly disguise the box in which the gift was wrapped, even if disguising it meant adding a brick for extra weight.

Have you ever wondered why Jesus disguised His spiritual truths in parables when He lived on Earth? Although He spoke to the multitudes, the gift of His truths about the kingdom of Heaven was hidden from those with hard hearts and ears who refused to listen (Matthew 13:10-15). The meaning of His message was only understood by those who sought the truth with repentant hearts.

Do the truths of God's Word seem hard to understand to you? When reading the Bible, you must realize the Scriptures "are spiritually discerned" (1 Corinthians 2:14b). That means unless you are born of the Spirit and filled with the Spirit, you will not understand God's Word. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the meaning of what you are reading in the Bible today. He promises to show you if you come with an obedient heart. "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:13).

Father, open my mind to understand the truths of Your Word. I want to do Your will, but I need Your guidance. Speak to my heart in the power of the Holy Spirit and reveal what You are teaching me from Your Word today. In the name of Jesus, Amen.