Things We Do Not Know

I once heard my granddad say that “I used to think I was smart until…” and you can fill in the blank. It may be until he finished talking to the phone company, or until he talked with someone else about something. There are some people in this world that for me a conversation is just a very humbling experience. I find out very quickly that I don’t know nearly as much as I thought that I did. I am sure that I’m not the only one who has ever had this experience.  The bible gives us “all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Pet 1:3). Peter reminds us that we are given all things through the “knowledge” of God which we can only find in His word. The bible is an exhaustive book, as a matter of fact it is sixty six exhaustive books which tell us “all things” we need to know to please God, and spend eternity in heaven. 

The bible leaves nothing to chance, there are no stones unturned, we are not made to wonder about our salvation, God has given nothing to chance. Even so, Moses penned these words “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” (Deut 29:29) There are things that God has chosen not to reveal to us, not because He does not love us, but because there are things we do not have need of now. Look at just one of those things.

God has chosen to not reveal to us when Judgment will be: The Hebrew writer reminds us that “it is appointed unto man once to die, and after this the judgment” (Heb 9:27). We are all aware that life here is short, and will eventually come to an end. At some point in the future Jesus will return to this earth, and the day of Judgment will be on each of us, but God has never revealed this time. Jesus even said that “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Mk 13:32).

One of two things will happen, either we will pass from this life, and await judgment, or the Lord will return and we will be judged, but God has promised that we do not know when that will happen. As a matter of fact the bible assures us that this will happen as a “thief in the night” (1 Thess 5:2). Our job is not to worry about when that day will be, but our job is to be prepared on ANY day for this event. Jesus reminds us that those who will be blessed on that day are those who, at that time, the Lord “finds doing “(Luke 12:43). The message of God is to not put off our being prepared, but to be prepared now.

                Ande Z