I hate secrets. Seriously, they’re one of my pet peeves.
But on a different note (and I promise it will relate), I love the Old Testament. Okay, okay, Leviticus is sometimes hard to get through, but on the whole, I love the stories and legendary characters and accounts of faith we read about in the OT. When I read the New Testament I usually take it in small doses — verse by verse or section by section — because the truths seem to be more compact and focused. But when I read the OT I usually read larger portions at a time, delving into the truth played out through chapters and books and decades of people’s lives. Every so often, though, I find one of those single little blow-you-away verses of truth amid the longer stories.
My most recent find?
The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever. (Deuteronomy 29:29)
My devotional referred me to this verse, saying this: “Your future looks uncertain and flimsy – even precarious. That is how it should be. Secret things belong to the Lord, and future things are secret things. When you try to figure out the future, you are grasping at things that are Mine. This, like all forms of worry, is an act of rebellion: doubting My promises to care for you.” (Jesus Calling)
Secret things belong to the Lord.
And my future is a secret thing.
I like being let in on secrets. Like I said, secrets are one of my pet peeves. So the idea of the Lord having secrets? Annoying. And the fact that my future is one of those secrets? Frustrating. And the suggestion that worrying about it is an act of rebellion and doubt? Convicting.
This verse hit me square in the chest. I really have no idea what the next years – or even the next months – of my life look like. My future is the Lord’s secret and he has yet to reveal parts of it to me. (The same probably goes for you, too). And I might as well stop trying to squeeze the secrets out of him. It’s a worthless struggle, considering he’s God and I’m well, just me. I can’t exactly force him to do anything. (Wouldn’t it be nice if it worked that way?) What I can do is wait and listen and, as Deuteronomy says, be diligent with the things he has revealed to me so far.
And the bigger things? The future things? The secret things? Well, I know God is good so I know whatever secrets he’s waiting to let me in on will also be good. In my experience that’s how he’s always worked. And since we walk by faith and not by sight, I suppose I can’t expect to see everything right now. So as I stand on this side of the doorway, I know he’s paving the path and trimming the hedges along the way so that when he does choose to open the door, I’ll know exactly where to go. That is, until I make it to the next door and wait for the next secret things to be revealed.
My prayer right now is simply that I’m faithful to what has been revealed and that I trust the Lord with all those secret things. Because really, people only keep secrets about important things, so whatever I’m waiting on is probably going to be pretty darn good. It’s gonna have to be, if it’s going to top these lovelies:
Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. (Proverbs 19:21)