The Secret Things

Leah DiPascal

Day: 30 | Plan: Deuteronomy

Today's Reading: Deuteronomy 29

Deuteronomy 29:29 (NIV) 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.

Secrets. They can be fun to keep, but not necessarily fun when they’re kept from us.

When my children were little I’d keep their birthday presents a secret until the morning of their big birthday. I couldn’t wait for that special day to arrive so I could reveal the things I had been hiding all along.

However, waiting for the big reveal wasn’t so exciting for my children. They begged and pleaded to know my secret, but I knew it would be best for them to keep those things hidden.

Did you know that God keeps secrets from us? He does—but only with our best interest in mind. If you’re like me, you might be thinking …

Wouldn’t it be better to know all the important dates and details of my future?

Wouldn’t I make better decisions and be more responsible if God revealed all of His thoughts and plans to me?

In today’s reading, Moses concludes Deuteronomy 29 by stating our key verse, 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.

Imagine if we were actually in that crowd of witnesses when Moses spoke these words. We’d probably get stuck on the phrase “The secret things belong to the LORD” and miss the rest of the statement. Let’s face it ... everyone loves knowing a secret, especially if it’s one of God’s secrets.

Before we consider what God keeps secret, let’s talk about what He reveals. In Deuteronomy 29, Moses recounts all God has revealed to the Israelites: 

  • They witnessed God’s marvelous deliverance out of Egypt. (Deuteronomy 29:2-3)
  • They experienced God’s provision for 40 years in the wilderness. (Deuteronomy 29:5-6)
  • They watched as God defeated their enemies. (Deuteronomy 29:7-8)
  • They stood in the very presence of God. (Deuteronomy 29:10-11)
  • God confirmed His faithfulness by willingly renewing His covenant with them. (Deuteronomy 29:12-13)
  • God established His future commitment to their next generation. (Deuteronomy 29:14-15)

God had revealed so much to the Israelites, but did they make better choices because of it? Sadly, the answer is no.

They turned their backs on God—not just once, but many times—choosing to disobey His commands, while giving their allegiance and devotion to false gods.

If the Israelites were repeatedly unfaithful after all God had revealed to them (and done for them), why then should He reveal what was considered “secret” and sacred?

They had repeatedly scribbled on God’s laws and pouted over His holy covenant. They didn’t treasure His gifts or follow the instructions He provided. Sadly, revealing more wasn’t producing more obedience or trust in God.

Honestly, I don’t always treasure the gifts God gives me like I should. I’m quick to say, “God, reveal more to me.” But the truth is, I sometimes struggle with following through and stewarding well those things He’s already revealed to me. Does that ever happen to you?

Yes, it’s true God keeps some things reserved as secret. But He generously reveals and gives us full access to His Word. So let’s be faithful and stay committed to read Scripture every day so we can learn from it, be nourished by it and share God’s truth with others.

Let’s not get all tangled up in wondering what God has kept secret from us. Instead let’s trust those “secret things” to His care and believe that whatever is beneficial for us, He will reveal in His perfect timing.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for all You have revealed to me in Your Word. Help me to be faithful with what already belongs to me and trust You with the secret things that are not beneficial for me to know about. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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