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Act on What You Know, Leave the Rest to God

June 27, 2018

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

All of life is divided into two parts. There are things that God has kept secret, and things that God has revealed.

God keeps some things secret.
As a Christian you should expect to face questions that you cannot answer. So don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know.” You don’t need to pretend that you have an answer for every question. Part of living by faith is accepting the limits of revelation. We normally emphasize what God has revealed, but it is equally important to affirm what God has kept hidden.

God reveals some things.
God has kept some things secret. They belong to him. But there are also things God has revealed. They belong to us! The revealed things are given so that you will follow the Lord even when you find yourself perplexed by the things you don’t understand. The revealed things belong to us and to our children. They are given so that we can stand firm in every circumstance of life.

The Bible says, “We live by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7). A day is coming when faith will be turned to sight. But until that day, faith bows before the mystery of what God has kept hidden, and stands on the promises that God has revealed.

How might you move forward in faith based on what God has revealed, even if there are some things that remain hidden?

The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

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