The Secret Things
Ever have a situation in your life that made you feel like God really sort of owed you an explanation? Or, at the very least, it would be great if He would explain – just a little? I have and I think lots of us feel that way at times.
However, in Deuteronomy 29:29 it says, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of the law.”
That Scripture reminds me of a couple of things. First, God is God and I am not. If He was that easy to understand or if He “owed” us explanations, we would be God! I am so glad that is not the case. He owes us nothing; we owe Him everything. God can see the beginning from the end and I think there are times when He withholds knowledge from us knowing that we simply couldn’t handle it. As we childishly stomp our feet and scream, “Why?”, He looks at us knowing that we have no idea what we are asking for and His answer is, “No.” That isn’t a word that most adults want to hear, but just as was true with our own children, we knew that there were certain things they simply could not comprehend or handle and our answer was, “No” to their “Why?”
Secondly, He has revealed things to us that we cannot or are not doing as it is. The Jewish people could not follow all of the law and yet still wanted God to reveal more to them. If I taught my kids to clean their room and they couldn’t do it, why would I ask them to clean my whole house? I wouldn’t. We are entrusted with the knowledge we can use correctly. In addition, we have to have faith in God. "Faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 NKJV. Our faith leaves the unknown in God’s hands based on His assurance – He has said He loves us, will never leave us, and that we are His. He sent His Son and has given us the Holy Spirit. He has given us all we need, 2 Peter 1:3, “His divine power has given us everything we need to experience life and to reflect God’s true nature through the knowledge of the Holy One who called us by His glory and virtue.”
Trust, peace, and faith all come by laying down our “whys” and resting in His love. Someday, He will reveal those secret things to us. My personal thought is that when we arrive in heaven, we will “know” and the questions will fade away in the brightness of His unfathomable love. The things we struggled and argued with here on earth will no longer matter because we will finally know Him. In the meantime, we need to remember Deut. 29:29 and set our souls at rest.