Secret Things

“I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quieted myself. I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.” (Psalm 131: 1-2 NIV)

Every time I come to this passage of Scripture, I pause to reflect on the simple, yet profound faith that David’s words convey. He understood, as Moses had pointed out centuries before him, that there are indeed “secret things” that “belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever…” (Deut. 29:29)

There were many things David did not comprehend about the God he worshipped. But that did not diminish his trust in the One who is perfect in his love, infinite in his wisdom, and sovereign in his control. 

As someone who has studied and taught the Bible for many years, and wrestled with some of its most controversial passages and the divergent doctrines that separate Christians around the world, I have come to accept that not all mysteries will become clear in this life. But neither our faith nor our unity rests in knowing all we would like to know. It rests in knowing and trusting Jesus Christ, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:3)

     “Oh, the depth of the riches and the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” (Romans 11:33 NIV)