Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the revealed things belong to us and to our children forever, to observe all the words of this law.

When of the favorite words for a kid is “why”. Why do I have to go to bed early? Why do I have to eat my vegetables? Why do I have to take a bath? Why? Why? Kids often think the limits we place on them are arbitrary or have no purpose than to cramp their style – but that’s not so. We place limits on people for their own protection and well-being. As adults we don’t explain all our reasons to a child. It gets tiresome to even try. So what do we say when a child asks “why”? Because I said so. 🙂

In this verse from Deuteronomy, God has just finished giving “the law” to his people. The law was the set of rules the Israelites were to observe as God’s covenant people. Abiding by the law would bring prosperity and well-being. Breaking the law would bring ruin. God didn’t explain the reasons behind every rule (secret things), only giving the rules themselves (revealed things). The people were expected to trust that God’s ways were for their benefit, even if they didn’t always understand the “why”.

Same goes for you and me. My problem is that I have a rebellious nature and want to do things my way rather than God’s way. There’s so much to do, who has time to take a day of Sabbath rest? And the tithe of our family’s income we give to God? Man, I could really put that money to use elsewhere. And when people offend me, I’d prefer revenge than forgiveness. The list goes on. It’s not pretty.

Question: Where are you being tempted to do things your way rather than God’s way? 

Heavenly Father, give us grace to submit to your ways, even when we don’t understand them or like them. Heal our rebellious hearts. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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