It was a visit not unlike many which we have had before. Neither of us given to small talk, we reached the point of the visit rather quickly ….
“So here’s the theological question I have been thinking about for some time…..”
A good discussion followed. We pulled out three different commentaries. Yes, we are a home given to commentaries. Funny part, not much light was shed on the subject matter at hand.
And then I said it ….
“There are some things we will never know.”
I don’t know how you feel when you hear those words, but they bring me such a sense of relief as does saying, “I don’t know.” Truth be known, you probably don’t know either.
There are some things our finite minds will never be able to wrap themselves around. Not ever. How can minds, which are limited to their specified number of days on earth, fully comprehend the greatness of an eternal God?
There are also those things which God did not reveal to us nor will for us to know. He puts it this way:
The Lord our God has secrets known to no one. We are not accountable for them, but we and our children are accountable forever for all that he has revealed to us, so that we may obey all the terms of these instructions. (Deuteronomy 29:29 NLT)
There are things we will never be able to understand or explain or describe or predict. Not ever. May we not become so prideful that we cannot admit our lack of understanding. May we not become so arrogant as to think we can explain all things. And may we never criticize or judge or ridicule another for asking a question. May we be humble, bow low and admit, “I just do not know.”
We don’t know those secrets because God has made them known to no one. Be sure and catch that – He has secrets known to no one.
Now here’s the second part of all this, there are things He has revealed to us and we are accountable for them and to obey.
God reveals things to His people by His Spirit …
But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.
(1 Corinthians 2:10, NLT).
Every single time we do have understanding, it is because His Spirit has revealed it to us. His Spirit is active in us to teach us those very things God desires for us to know.
So remember …
God reveals His deep secrets to us.
God also has secrets known to no one.
Let’s know when to say, “I don’t know.”