by Macy Johnson
“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)
My parents revealed God to us in amazing ways. They wanted to make sure my brother, sister, and I followed our Creator’s laws. We were disciplined and spoiled with tough love. I knew my boundaries and strived to stay within them, a “people pleaser” on most occasions.
Looking over my past I can’t seem to get my mind around what God has done. Maybe you feel the same way. I cannot remember all the details, but God does and loves me anyway. I believe He does not hold my sins against me, but remembers the times I sinned and loved me through them. Everything is covered by His grace and mercy.
In my early twenties I was under the mentorship of a dear pastor. I remember a story he once told of a man filled with an abundance of doubt. The pastor finally got tired of the man’s incessant questions and told him to go to Deuteronomy 29:29 for his answer, straight from God. But, instead of directing him to chapter 29, verse 29, he accidentally pointed the man to chapter 28, verse 28:
“The Lord will afflict you with madness, blindness, and confusion of mind.”
(Deuteronomy 28:28 NIV)
We laughed at the faux pas. God has a sense of humor, too. Sometimes I feel like that man, afflicted with confusion of mind. Why can’t I just accept the way things are without picking them apart with criticism and doubt? I need to strengthen my faith so I can see and accept what God has made known.
I will be content with revealed things and trust God with His secret things. I hope you will, too!
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