I remembering growing up and seeing those asinine tabloids in the check-out lines at the grocery store. I suppose they continue to make money, since I see them touting the same nonsense about who-knows-what alien got who-cares-what Hollywood starlet pregnant.
Clearly, enquiring minds still want to know.
What is it about human nature that makes secrets so enticing? Maybe the upside is the curiosity for the unknown which has also put us on the moon and brought us the cure for smallpox and polio, so okay, I’ll grant us grant. But, boy howdy, there sure is a downside! It’s the stuff of James Bond 007 as well as the local beauty shop gossip.
Sometimes, I do want to be “in the know” as a matter of responsibility as well, like I wanted to know where my teenage daughters were going and whom they were going to be with…at all times. If I found out otherwise, well, ask our youngest.
So I read this:
“The LORD our God has secrets known to no one. We are not accountable for them, but we and our children are accountable forever for all that he has revealed to us, so that we may obey all the terms of these instructions.”
Notice that I’m responsible for keeping up-to-date, so to speak, on “all that he has revealed to us”, whereas God, on the other hand, can never be accused of TMI (Too Much Information). As uncomfortable as this may be at times, I’m actually comforted by this need-to-know part of the relationship.
“Peter turned around and saw behind them the disciple Jesus loved…Peter asked Jesus, ‘What about him, Lord?’
Jesus replied, ‘If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.’”
Even Jesus Himself seemed satisfied to trust His Father with a few things…
“However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.”
And He also seemed content to wait, knowing that all motives would be exposed…
“The time is coming when everything that is covered up will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all. Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be shouted from the housetops for all to hear!”
Let’s plaster that one in Washington.
Here’s my point. God, Who knows the end from beginning and knows every secret of my heart, also knows every motive of every other human being. There is nothing hidden from Him, and there is nothing (and no one) that surprises Him. Surely if Jesus could be content to wait on the next act, I guess I should be also.
Because only the Father knows the final curtain call.
Deuteronomy 29: 29; John 21:20-22; Mark 13:32; Luke 12:2,3 Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.