Secrets and Revelations

LeRoy Koopman

READ : Deuteronomy 29:2-9, 29

As the Israelites stood on the brink of the promised land, Moses shared a word of wisdom appropriate for us on this New Year’s day: “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the revealed things belong to us” (v. 29).

Some things about the future are secret, like the state of our health and the welfare of our families. Nor do we know, despite the “startling predictions” in tabloids and Christian prophecy books, what is going to happen in the world.

These secret things, said Moses, belong to God. They ought to be left there. Worry and curiosity will change nothing.

But, said Moses, “the revealed things belong to us.” We may not know, for instance, what our health will be like in 1998. But we do know that stepping out in front of trucks and smoking cigarettes are life-threatening! Those are “revealed” things for which we are responsible.

We don’t know how rich or poor we will be this year, but we are responsible for honest work, good stewardship and wise spending habits.

We don’t know if we will live or die, or if the Lord will return this year, but we are responsible “to observe all the words” of God (v. 29).


Help us, Lord, to be trusting with the things that belong to you, to be responsible with the things that belong to us, and to have the wisdom to know the difference. Amen.