The Knowns and the Unknowns

Life tenders questions.  Topsy-turvy conditions happen, and we look for explanations.  I like what Moses said here about the Lord’s knowns and unknowns. There is so much we don’t know and understand.  There is no unknown thing not under the sovereignty of God.  There is no known thing not under the sovereignty of God.  After it is all said and done, God will still be God.

Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Notice the certainty of what is said.  It’s not an opinion on the part of Moses.  It’s not an “I hope God knows.”  There is no doubt or speculation.  It’s written with a definite tone.  We’re not Jews or Gentiles in God; we are the people of faith.  The same God Moses talked about is the same God today.  Down here many things are kept from us.  We walk a life of faith.  It’s a rough life, but by no means is it a bad life.  I’m not required to know all the secrets of tomorrow.  You can drive yourself crazy trying to figure it out.  Twenty years ago you didn’t know secrets of tomorrow, but you’re here.  You made it through.  It’s been good.  It’s been survivable.  Don’t concentrate on the unknowns.  Think on the knowns.

People who do the hocus-pocus with the future just want your money.  You don’t need that.  You have the Word of God.  It’s enough to get us through.  It was enough for yesterday.  It will be enough for tomorrow.  Life is getting shorter for each of us.  There is a lot of uncertainty, a secret to us but not to God.  God doesn’t have to find out about things like we do.  He already knows.  We can’t handle knowing everything, so we don’t need to know.  God sees it all, the intent of the heart.  The personal things belong to the Lord.  What God has revealed is enough.  When the unknown swallows you up and you feel like a little boat in the sea with a hurricane on the way, remember it’s not your size and ability that matters.  It’s God’s size and ability that count.  We don’t know a lot, but we do know God.  Through knowing Jesus Christ as personal Savior we can do what to do.  When you don’t know what to do, you still know what to do—believe God.

Mary and others watched Jesus die.  He wasn’t dying for himself but for us.  It looked like the end of Jesus.  Sometimes we look as if the situation is the end but it’s not.  Jesus allowed his arms to be outstretched and hands nailed to the cross.  He allowed his feet to be nailed.  He wore a crown of thorns.  We look at the cross as awfulness and shame.  Even atheists believe Jesus died on the cross, but they don’t believe he did it for us.  He stayed on the cross until the work was done.  The disciples didn’t understand.  I still can’t understand his love.  We’ll never understand.  When heaven looked down, God knew what it meant.  Jesus knew what it meant.  That’s how I know I’m saved.  There’s a cross in my soul.  Jesus allowed it to be so.  He reached to the unknown past before the beginning of time to time everlasting.  He reached back further than we know and forward far more than we know.  He embraced the souls of all mankind going farther back, farther forward, and deeper than anyone else could.  It’s more than we can reach.

I can’t face tomorrow on my own.  I must trust God and not worry about the secret things.  Job said there is a God in heaven that reveals secrets.  If you’re not saved, obey the gospel.  It’s safe to do so.  Turn everything over to him and trust what is behind you to him.  He can reach back there.  When you look forward and don’t know what to do, remember God has already been there when he reached forward across time on the cross.  The outstretched Savior invites you to come to God.  Believe.  Trust.  Because of what God has revealed, the unknown is all right.  We can let God take care of it.  What is revealed is a great deal, more than adequate for our needs.  There is more on God’s table than we can eat.  He’ll always have a table spread and he invites us to come and dine.  Let’s do what is revealed.

Unknown and known are God’s.  Place it all in his hands.

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