NYR: Week 2

Week one was a success. I’m off to a good start! Now for week 2:

“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

A couple of weeks ago, a group of us were having Sunday brunch at one of our favorite restaurants in town. At some point during our time together, we started talking about spiritual gifts and what everyone thought about those. This led to some really great discussion, but ultimately a lot of unknowns when it came to conclusive answers on the subject. Not that we’re doubting our faith or anything, but coming to realization that there will be times when we simply have to say, “I don’t know.” And interestingly enough, often times that answer alone makes someone’s witness even stronger. I think when we display a willingness to be honest about our faith in this way, it makes more of an impression than when we act like we know everything. It makes Christ’s sacrifice more valuable than having an answer.

One of my favorite Proverbs is chapter 25 verse 2. It says, “It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.” At the end of the day, God (as well as His Gospel) is a great mystery. Paul speaks of It this way on numerous occasions throughout his letters. God is beyond our imagination and His Ways eclipse our understanding. This is a great thing of course because a god who can be fully explained is not a god at all.

As much as there is mystery within our faith, there are also tremendous answers. And this Scripture from Deuteronomy is a reminder that those are ours to keep and embrace and pass along to the next generation. They are our source of strength. They serve as encouragement to us. They fight for us. They provide for us. And they teach us joy within obedience. If nothing else, Christ is our Answer and He has given Himself for us that we might know Him and cherish His Ways.

My hope is that this passage will remind me that this Truth, this Sacrifice, and this Salvation in Christ now belong to me by His grace.

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