Countless times have I been engaged in a discussion with another believer about a controversial issue within Christianity (something like Calvinism for instance) and my friend, whoever it has been, has whipped out this verse–
The Secret things belong to the Lord our God…
That’s it, that’s all I’ve ever heard quoted. But the verse doesn’t stop there! Read on…
but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of His law.
So there are things about God that none can ever understand. But there are also things, great and beautiful things that He has entrusted to us. Generally speaking, God entrusts the what to His people, but rarely does He entrust the Why, How, Where, or When to anyone.
For instance. There is plenty of Scripture available to show that we have indeed been called out by God to be a chosen people. Ephesians 1, Romans 8 and 9, and many others tell us that we have been predestined to be like Christ and that it is not our place to ask God why He still condemns others.
We must trust in the Character of God.
So what is it that we cannot know? Well, what’s in the passage?
Verse 4- But to this day the Lord has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear.
In this passage, Moses is telling people about when God delivered His chosen nation.
The secret things that Moses was talking about in the end of this chapter are things that we still struggle with.
First- “Why has God chosen us?” (verses 2-9)
Second- “Why does God punish the unchosen?” (verses18-28)
Although we may ask this, we must look at the very end of that verse again: that we may do all the words of His law.
Ephesians 2:10 tells us that we are saved for good works. So even if we don’t understand God, we must understand this- we as believers are part of a chosen nation that knows no borders, no political parties, and no weapons but those against Satan, which have been given us by the Spirit. As a part of this nation, it is our duty to take what we know and give it to those who don’t know.
We still have no idea as to how to answer either one except to say that our God loves us with great, grace giving, compassionate, merciful love which can be separated by nothing but our pride. But we know, that for the believer in Christ, He has chosen us. For no-one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except in the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:3) and I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).