It is by grace that you have been saved through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8 (NIV) The Christian life is God’s work in which we become involved. The problem is that we can become so interested in what we are...
“The secret things belong to the Lord our God…” Deuteronomy 29:29
5. The events of tomorrow.
“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town…’—you do not know what tomorrow will bring” (James 4:13, 14). You don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow either, whatever your plans.
6. The outcome of your ministry.
As you serve the Lord, there will be times when you find yourself asking, “Am I doing anything of real and lasting value?” You pray and you wonder if it is making any difference. You make sacrifices and you wonder if anyone even notices.
7. The progress of your Christian life.
If you are a Christian, you will know what it is to be alarmed by your own lack of progress in the Christian life. God is conforming you to the likeness of his Son Jesus Christ. There is progress in sanctification. But it is not always obvious.
Peter says to Jesus, “I will lay down my life for you” (John 13:37), but a few hours later he is cursing and swearing that he never knew him (Mark 14:71). Where did that come from?
You thought you were making progress. You thought you had left those things behind, but the sin you thought you had conquered is back again staring you in the face. Will you ever be the person God is calling you to be? If you are a Christian, you will know what it is to face the mystery of your own sin.
This is a humbling truth for us today. Look at the vastness of what you don’t know, the things God has kept secret. Faith bows before the mystery that God has kept hidden.
Which of these “secrets” do you find hardest to trust God with?