‘The secret things belong to the Lord our God.’ Deuteronomy 29:29 NKJV
The Bible says: ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.’ (Proverbs 3:5 NIV) That Scripture is easy to quote but hard to live by, especially when tragedy and loss touch our lives and we don’t understand why.
There are times when we pray and God gives us answers, and there are times when we pray and He gives us peace. ‘Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.’ (Philippians 4:6–7 NLT) In times of pain and loss, here are two Scriptures you can stand on:
(1) ‘The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us.’ When it comes to understanding things—we have our territory and God has His. And ours is limited to what He decides to reveal to us. Paul, who wrote half the New Testament by divine revelation, acknowledged, ‘We know in part.’ (1 Corinthians 13:9 NKJV) At best, we will always be limited in our understanding.
(2) ‘And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.’ (Romans 8:28 NKJV). Sometimes God explains things to us, and other times He stamps them ‘Will explain later.’ So when you’re tempted to throw up your hands in despair and say, ‘Who knows?’, remind yourself, ‘God knows!’ And today remind yourself that He’s working things out for your good and His glory.
SoulFood: Acts 8–9, Mk 3:28–35, Ps 130, Prov 10:24–26
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2018
“There’s that famous saying, ‘God does not call the qualified but He does qualify the called’, so if He calls you to do something He can equip you, He can qualify you.” Bill Meuhlenberg