Every now and again when we read the Bible we get to peer for just a moment into God’s personality and nature. One verse that gives us such a peek is Deuteronomy 29:29…
“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29, NIV).
The reason this verse of the Bible carries a great deal of importance is that it shows us that God has chosen not to reveal everything he knows.
God has some secrets.
Mind you, they’re not sinister secrets. In fact, it’s just the opposite. These are things that we don’t need to know for salvation. These are truths that we are just not yet ready for. We don’t have to know them right now.
It’s a lot like a parent knowing that his child is not quite ready to be exposed to something yet. Or a teacher understanding that it’s best to learn algebra before trigonometry.
Some things are meant to be kept for later. And for us, some things are meant to be kept for heaven.
The good news is that God has revealed everything you and I need to know to get to heaven. He has shown us his Son, Jesus. He has told us the way to faith and salvation through his Son, our Savior. And he has sent his Holy Spirit to open our heart and mind to the things that can only be discerned spiritually.
The key is to be satisfied with what God has given us. And also to be content with what God has decided — for now — to keep from us.
What he has given us is a lot — way more than we deserve. Probably way more than most of us will ever use.
But, being content with what God has given us? That’s always a tall order!
Then again, it gives us all something to look forward to, doesn’t it? In the future, some really big things are coming our way!
Our Bible reading for Saturday, April 18, is Deuteronomy 29:1 – 30:10, Luke 18:31 – 19:10 and Proverbs 10:1-10.
Lord, you have given me everything I need to know for salvation. Thank you! Help me to be content and not to worry or delve into the things you have chosen not to reveal to us. Help me to simply trust in you and your love, and know that what you have revealed is all I really need to know.