What do I do?

Keith Crosby

“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

As Christians, we should always seek to do God’s will.  Many well-meaning Christians fall into the trap of finding a mystical “God’s perfect plan for my life” type road map.  They do this in a variety of ways.  They look to the Holy Spirit.  They look to circumstances.  They open their Bible to a random page, treating their Bible like an “Eight Ball” or a Ouija Board as they look for a word from God.  How can you and I know God’s will for our lives?  First, we can be at peace by realizing there is no secret road map for us to discover with a biblical secret decoder ring.  Second, we can realize when you boil things down to their simplest form, finding God’s will for a believer’s life is more simple than we might realize.

Deuteronomy 29:29 takes some of the fear out of the equation of knowing and doing God’s will.  How?  First, our verse explains that there are two kinds of “wills of God.”  There is the “secret will” of God and the “revealed will” of God.  The secret will of God is described as the “secret things” found in the first half of verse 29.  An example of this is the date of Christ’s return, which Jesus tells us in Acts, is “not for you to know (Acts 1:7).”  The “secret things” might also include the day of your death---or some future event that God has chosen not to reveal.  You might say that these things are “none of your business.”  You are not responsible for knowing the “secret things.” On the other hand, the “revealed will” of God, or the “things revealed,” mentioned in the second half of verse 29) is found in God’s word (i.e. “all the words of this law”).  These are the things for which God holds you and me accountable.

Not to be cute, but when you think of the terms “Old and New Testament”, the “testament” terminology might remind you of what some people call a “will” (like a last will and testament) where an individual stipulates his expectations to his or her heirs.  God is not dead and we are heirs of His promises (Romans 8:17, Ephesians 3:6). Both the Old and New Testaments do reveal His will for His people, historically and in the here and now. This is the will of God once and for all handed down to His saints (Jude 3).  He’s not writing or revealing new revelation these days.  The canon of Scripture is closed.  He’s not adding pages or material to the Bible.

God gave us His will in writing so that we can study it, meditate on it, memorize it, and do it.  We no longer need middle men like prophets and seers to reveal it to us.  We have it in our hands.  That’s why the Holy Spirit speaking through the pen of the Apostle Paul reminds us in 2 Timothy 3:16-7 that God’s word is useful for teaching, reproof, mid-course correction, and training in living for God so that we will be prepared and equipped for every good work God has prepared for us.  As the Psalmist says, His word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.

God’s word has something to say about every inch of thread making up the fabric of our lives.  Would you like to know what to do in a given situation?  Would you like to know what to look for in a wife (Titus 2; Proverbs 31) or a husband (1 Timothy 3; Titus 1 and 2)?  Do you want wisdom for everyday routine living (James and Proverbs)? Read your Bible.  Study it.  Then you can find principles for everyday living and every situation that you will ever face.  We are accountable for knowing, understanding, and applying its count so that “we can know what to do.”

“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

God does not hold you accountable for discovering some secret perfect plan for your life.  He holds you accountable for understanding and applying His word.  So, relax and wisely invest time in reading and studying your Bible so that you will have insight for living!

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