The Secrets of Life
Do you like secrets? Frankly, I don’t really care for them. I like to know what is going to happen when, so I can be prepared. I don’t really like surprises for the same reason since they also warrant something that I am not aware of. Now, there are some people who over prepare but I don’t consider myself part of that tribe. I just like to hold some loose knowledge of the plans. But there are just some things we aren’t given privy to.
Last Sunday, my friend, and Sunday School teacher was discussing the life of Billy Graham. He said in all the commentary that he heard someone say one thing that stood out above the rest. This was the revelation that as Mr. Graham woke up every morning he asked God, “Is today the day?” I have thought about that question since last week. ”Is today the day,” can have many different meanings. Perhaps this importantÂ question is asking if today is the day that our Lord is returning or maybe it is questioning if today is the day that God is going to have a special assignment for me to fulfill. I think we can always answer yes to the latter question and because of that, we should be prepared.
Preparation is the Key for the Long Journey
Being prepared is not something to take lightly when we look at the terms of God’s secrets, but it doesn’t mean we can’t or shouldn’t be prepared. A minister waited in line to have his car filled with gas just before a long holiday weekend. The attendant worked quickly, but there were many cars ahead of him. Finally, a vacant pump opened. ”Reverend,” said the young attendant, ”I’m so sorry about the wait. It seems as if everyone waits until the last-minute to get ready for a long trip.” The minister laughed, ”I know what you mean. It’s the same in my business.” God has not told us everything there is to know but He has told us enough to be prepared. Because of this knowledge we are accountable for our preparation because today can be the day for anything that our Lord designs for us.
This week our focus verse comes from Moses’ third address to the people after he reviewed God’s laws. Moses recommended the people commit to God and honor their contract. There hasn’t been a change of plans since the time of Moses. Christ also pointed out the solid necessity of following the laws of God. Our Lord, however, does have many secrets that He hasn’t shown us. For example, we don’t know what our tomorrow may or may not bring. Christ does however, and wants us to take His hand trusting Him to guide us through each day and time of our life. The secrets of the future can look uncertain and shaky, but God planned it that way for a reason. One of which is so that we can learn to fully trust in Him.
Is Anticipation making You Miss the Journey?
When we attempt to anticipate the future, we are attempting to take away things that belong only to God. He wants us to trust in Him and enjoy the journey no matter where it may lead. This, however, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be prepared for Him to work in our life. We are accountable for the knowledge He reveals to us and it is through that knowledge that we are to obey Him. It is however with full trust that we know that whatever secrets the Lord holds He has our best interest in mind. This helps us make our preparations in the anticipation that ”today may be the day.” This creates less worrying about the future, being accountable to Him, and returning our trust to His care.
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.
Deuteronomy 29:29 (NLT)
In His Own Time
Isn’t it an incredible thing that God made everything beautiful for its own time. (Ecclesiastes 3:11) All you must do is look at the seasons of nature to recognize the impact of this fully. You can also look at the seasons of your own life. It is here in this contemplation that you can see how by Him revealing only what you need to know that you’ve made it to where He needs for you to be. He has instilled in you a desire for eternity but doesn’t allow you to see it from beginning to end. You must trust Him to reveal only what you need to know at each time and for this knowledge you are accountable.
Allowing God to set the timetables of life and not consistently attempt to set it yourself it a vital key to life and the only way to truly enjoy the journey He sets before you. When you allow Him to claim your life and obey Him by what He reveals, you are trusting God fully with both your present and future.
The Mystery and Secrets of the Quarters of Life
Today may be the day for you or it may be tomorrow, for everyone has a massively different quarter play in life. Just like the big-time sports fan watching a football game with his grandchildren. He recently celebrated his seventy-fifth birthday and was feeling a bit wistful. He looked at his grandson and said. ”You know, it’s not easy getting old. I guess I’m in the fourth quarter now.” ”Don’t worry, Granddaddy, his grandson said. ”Maybe you’ll go into overtime.” Whether you go into overtime or God reveals different plans to you at the halftime, you must always be prepared by trusting fully in Him.
Allowing God to lead you, step by step through the journey of life is challenging but your convictions root themselves in knowing that His secrets are there for your benefit. Basing your beliefs fully on His message of hope for the future allow you to obey what He reveals to you completely. Find your motivation in knowing that He will take care of you letting you in on His secrets when the time comes. Be comforted in knowing that your Creator loves you infinitely and consistently working things for His purpose for the good of those who love Him. (Romans 8:28)
So, today at this moment be accountable for what you know and stay on the journey. And like Mr. Graham, allow yourself to wake up every morning and ask God, ”Is today the day?” Remember that with God the possibilities of life are endless.
Love in Christ,
Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time.
What are Your Thoughts?
Do you contemplate the secrets of God? Have you found yourself frozen in the journey because of lack of trust? Share your thoughts on God’s secrets. Weigh in your accountability in the journey and if you can enthusiastically ask God, ”Is today the day?”