“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” Deuteronomy 29:29
God’s word is complete, and reveals all that is necessary for us to know Him and to live for Him. He assures us here that there are secrets for Him to know and understand, and that we never will. But there are also secrets He shares with His beloved children, to draw us close in intimacy with Him.
In His friendship with Abraham, the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord.” He then reveled His planned righteous judgment on Sodom, resulting in one of the most beautiful intercessory prayers of Scripture. Jesus says to His followers, “I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you,” and “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.” All that God reveals is for our instruction, and what He chooses to remain secret is for our instruction also–to accept, to marvel at, and to teach us endurance in faith. (Genesis 18:17-19; John 15:15; Matthew 13:11)
God knows what He is doing. When He doesn’t answer my ‘why?’s I can trust He has good, redemptive, sanctifying, God-glorifying reason. There is an element to worship and a motivation for discovery that is enhanced by mystery and wonder.
Father, teach me to seek Your treasures, to ‘call to You so You answer me, and tell me great and hidden things that I have not known.’ And when You choose to keep silent, keep me pressing on to know You, the Sovereign Author of the secret things. Teach me to follow You more closely and know You more deeply as the One Who is good and does good, to magnify and exalt You for Your immeasurable greatness I will never comprehend. May I trust as the psalmist, “O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul.” “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” (Jeremiah 33:3; Psalm 119:68; 131:1-2; Romans 11:33)