“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
“The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him,
and he makes known to them his covenant.” Psalm 25:14
“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15
“It is written,
‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him’—
these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God… ‘For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?’” “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” 1 Corinthians 2:9-10,16a; 13:12
It seems in life that as soon as we figure out one situation, another arises that is shrouded in mystery. The tension of not knowing, and not sure we really want to know, keeps us in constant suspension. For man, we can chafe at the complication being unable to anticipate and organize and plan, but for God, this is His marvelous method of keeping us- who were made for eternity- in wonder at His ways, and of teaching us to trust. While we may be impatient, there is no question that God is not, but is marvelously unfolding our days and history as He intends and in His time. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
God keeps secrets that will one day be revealed, and reveals to us all we need to know for today. His secrecy evokes our sense of His divine attributes and unsearchable ways, which strum our heart strings in awed praise for what we know is higher than our comprehension, but infinitely good. It also directs us to what is important for us to tend to now while He is tending to what is to come. He handles way more than we can imagine, and supplies for us to handle what is necessary. (Matthew 6:34; Romans 11:33)
We believe in and love Him now by faith, and one day will see Him face to face. We want answers now, and He says, ‘I know, and that is enough.’ Trusting Him at His word strengthens our faith and inspires us to know Him better, not just details and situations. All this is part of our ongoing sanctification. Our hope and trust in what is to come purifies our confidence in Him who holds that future. (1 Peter 1:8-9; 1 John 3:2-3)
Are we taking spiritual and practical advantage of all our Lord has revealed to us, relishing our communion with Him and obeying His spoken Word? How willing are we to leave the future and unknown to Him, believing He is preparing all things with perfection?
Lord, keep me delighting in all Your Spirit unfolds and makes clear. Continually whet my appetite for more of You. Help me live by what You have made known, and trust what You have yet to reveal.