Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
Acts 17:21 “(For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)”
Why. A simple three letter word that has brought joy and consternation to many a soul. Why helps us to stay sharp. Our inquisitive nature has brought about many inventions, scientific discoveries, and exploration in places man has never dreamed he would go.
But when ‘why’ with God is not answered, we sometimes are stopped dead in our tracks. The very question ‘why’ may even place His Sovereignty into question.
I hear some say, “If God is all-powerful and knows all, why didn’t He stop that person from abusing me?” Or, “Why didn’t God intervene when He knew I was going to make such a bad decision?” There is a multitude of subjects, situations, and circumstances that we could present to God that His silence would cause some to doubt and even lose faith.
But why is that?
You see what I mean?! In Moses’ explanation to God’s people, he was revealing to them a truth that is truly necessary for every child of God to grasp. There are just some things that God and His Word are silent on for a reason. The inquisitor quickly asks, “Why?” and this verse answers that the secret things – those things that are not revealed; are not answered; are not come to light – those things belong to God.
Faith is the only answer to ‘Why?’ in those situations. Just simply trust that God knows best and that He has your best interest in mind. That interest does not and often will not line up with my way of thinking. So, what then?
Proverbs 3:5-7 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”
Wisdom is something God gives.
Ephesians 1:17 “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:”
James 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
We all lack wisdom. It must be something we all seek, desire and pray for every day. But, to know the secret things; the things that have no answer, that belongs to my God.
Meditation on the things of God can take us to some very interesting places. Take this thought for instance:
“Is there anything that God cannot do?”
We all all know that He can do the impossible.
Matthew 19:26 “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”
But what are things God cannot do?
God cannot lie.
Romans 3:4 “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.”
God cannot sin.
Hebrews 4:15 “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”
God cannot allow anyone who is not born again into Heaven.
John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Just in those three simple thoughts, we may ask ‘why’ and when He does not answer, it is for good reason. When our eternity is secure, we can take comfort in the thought that we may ask then and be shown the grand and master plan – but even then; it may very well be that it was never for us to know.
There are some, whose nature and character cannot rest until that ‘why’ is settled. It is for those I say, “Trust in the Lord”. “Lean not unto your own understanding”. Give God the preeminence in your life and you and I will begin to see things more clearly and the answer to ‘why’ may not matter as much.
There is another thought to this small word ‘why’.
Have I studied His Word to know that He may have already answered and is silent because He wants me to seek out His answer in His Word?
Oh, dear child of God; let those questions drive you to seek more about Him. More of His love, mercy grace and forgiveness. More of His power, protection, provision and presence. In seeking our answers, we may find more than we had ever expected and God may reveal more of Himself than we ever thought possible.
Lastly, we should never stop asking, seeking and knocking. At the very least, carry with us that not all answers are there for us to know; never allowing the silence to any question stop us from deepening our relationship with our Heavenly Father.