Sunday Scripture ~ Deuteronomy 29:29

Are there chapters in your personal story that you wonder about?

“Why this, Lord? What good thing could possibly come from bringing this across my path?”

If so, you are in good company, for many spiritual giants have pondered the same question. Amy Carmichael, pioneer missionary to India, did her pondering in poetic form with a question that comes across as a howl of protest:

“But these strange ashes, Lord, this nothingness,
This baffling sense of loss?”

The more we learn to know God, the more we come to realize that his ways are, indeed, “past finding out.”

The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law..  (Deuteronomy 29:29)

He is under no obligation to explain or justify himself to us; however, the “things revealed” give us clues about his nature and his character. Even when we don’t understand the specific way in which he carries out his will, gazing into the Truth reminds us that we can trust his motives toward us, for they are always good.

Trusting for Grace to Do the Word,

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15 thoughts on “Sunday Scripture ~ Deuteronomy 29:29”

  1. I shared on this verse recently. It is amazing to think about the things He has revealed to us. And yes, there are things which remain His secret, both lead us to lean into Him, trusting Him more and more. Have a blessed Sunday, Michele!

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  2. Your post makes me think that God knows our nature to be inquisitive, and the way he presents even as Jesus did on Earth makes us want to delve and know more. The parables are such an example of how they try our mind to decipher them. Happy Sunday

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  3. This is a perspective on this verse I’ve never thought about. I’ve always thought of it as the secret things about Him, but yes, our own lives contain mysteries of why God allowed things that we cannot understand.

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  4. A dear older woman (probably my age now) showed me this verse when I was much younger. I was constantly trying to figure out the “why?” and making myself stressed. She told me Deuteronomy 29:29 is your file drawer. When you can’t figure it out, file it in Deuteronomy 29:29. That sweet admonition has saved me countless hours of mental anguish. Thank you for reminding me again today. 🌻

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  5. An excellent verse, Michele. He is not obligated to tell us or explain to us everything, but what we need to know He will reveal. I also like Amos 3:7–Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. We need to remember these things when we get to asking “Why?” about those things we have no need to know.

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  6. Yes, I have had that same thought about some issues just between God and me: “How can this be for your glory when it’s an issue I can’t talk about?” As someone else said, I had not thought of the secret things of the Lord in this way before–I’ve thought of them as mysteries and knowledge that He has that we would never understand. But He can be trusted with big ethereal mysteries as well as small personal ones.

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  7. Praise God we CAN trust his motives, his understanding of the big picture, his love for us and more. Just knowing THAT helps settle those irritating “whys.” I have a feeling, even if God explained the answer to “why” for our hardships, it wouldn’t be enough. Some of us would be like young children, asking another “why” for every answer received!

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  8. God used that verse when I felt His leading to cancel knee surgury. I felt a clear leading, but He didn’t tell me why. I shared it with my doctor, because I felt pretty foolish calling to cancel. He was a Christian and said, “let’s not argue with God.” An X-ray years later showed my knee had healed on its own.

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