The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"Secret Things, Things Revealed"
Are there answers to all the questions of life regarding God, ourselves, others, the world, history, and our Lord's personal working in our lives? Certainly, there are. Will we, however, be privy to all the answers? Certainly, we will not.
"The secret things belong unto the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us, and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law" (Deuteronomy 29:29).
Only God possesses and knows the answers to every question. "His understanding is infinite" (Psalm 147:5). He alone knows both the "secret" and the "revealed" truth regarding all things. Thankfully, He is willing to answer many inquiries for those who seek His light.
"Call unto Me and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not" (Jeremiah 33:3).
Our Heavenly Father offers much light and insight to those who call upon Him for answers. He loves for us to ask, and He loves to answer our questions by His Word, His Spirit, His church, and His involvement in the world and in our lives. But He does not answer every question. Our minds do not possess the capacity for infinite truth and understanding. Indeed, the cumulative knowledge acquired by the entire human race throughout history would not amount to a period at the end of a brief sentence when compared with the innumerable volumes that grace the library of the mind of God. He cannot tell us all because the shelves of our own minds would instantly collapse and disintegrate if the full weight of Divine truth could somehow be placed upon them.
Another reason we cannot know all involves the truth that God made us for a relationship with Him that involves dependence on our part, based on provision on His part. "Secret things" He does not reveal may be sometimes be withheld not because we could not understand, but because answers might tempt us to pride. "Knowledge puffeth up" (I Corinthians 8:1). In our present existence, the desire for knowledge does not always constitute a noble pursuit. Even the most godly among us can desire to know for fleshly rather than spiritual motivations. "Every man is tempted" declared James, and we can be sure our spiritual enemies sometimes prod believers to gain knowledge that would lead us from dependence and trust to pride and self-sufficiency (James 1:14).
We can know some. We can know more. But we can never know all. The first two precepts call us to heed Solomon's counsel: "With all thy getting, get understanding" (Proverbs 4:7). We can all doubtless know much more of God, truth, and reality than we presently do. However, we make our pursuit with the humility of mind and heart that recognizes perhaps the greatest answer we can ever obtain: "His understanding is infinite." So long as God knows all, we can rest in the peace and assurance that the One to whom we have committed our eternal well being will guide us in His brilliant light along the pathways of secret things and things revealed…
"O Lord God, Thou knowest."
"The path of the just is as the shining light, which shineth more and more unto the perfect day."
Weekly Memory Verse
Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.