Daily Readings & Thought for May 12th. “THE SECRET THINGS BELONG TO THE LORD”
Today’s readings.. (Deuteronomy 29), (Isaiah 1), (Acts 27)
How meaningful are the words Moses uses as he is completing his last message to the nation. Ch. 29 of Deuteronomy today ends with these very interesting words, “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
God has “secret things” that he chooses not to reveal to his chosen people, or even to Moses. One of those “secret things” is how he created the world, the simple fact is that he created it, as the beginning of Genesis tells us; doing so in daily stages. We can see it had to be this way as several of these stages depended one upon another.
It is very interesting that when God finally revealed himself to Job (his book is contemporary with Genesis), he asks him questions – but does not reveal the answers, He asks, “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? … Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me if you have understanding …” [ch. 38 v.2,4] Job confesses to God, “I know that you can do all things … I have uttered what I did not understand, things to wonderful for me, which I did not know.” [ch.42 v.2,3]
God told Moses he had revealed the things that are essential for us to know. This is a vital point for us to acknowledge, especially in the 21st Century when men and women of science – want to believe they can know and understand the nature of everything.
We started today to read the remarkable prophecies God gave to Isaiah. God says, “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD, though your sins are like scarlet they shall be as white as snow … if you are willing and obedient …” [v.18,19]
The world around us does not want to reason in this way, they want to reason there is no God – but look what increasing chaos and evil is developing in the world as a result! Let us be “willing and obedient” to leave “the secret things … to the LORD” for those who think they are starting to discover them are only fooling themselves – in the age to come when those who have reasoned together (with the Lord) are made, said Jesus, “equal unto the angels” [Luke 20 v.36]– then they will know the wonder of “the secret things.”