“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
God has it all planned out and it is secret only to Him until He chooses to reveal it .
We need confidence that God knows the answers when we don’t.
We are being birthed into new, unchartered.
We can let some things go and just trust in God .
We must fight the temptation to have it all planned and mapped out.
We need to be quiet and at peace so as not to rob ourselves of things to come. In this we will be content regardless of circumstances and not miss what is in the moment.
Our natural inclination is to only feel we can cope when we have all the details, know all the facts, know how it will unfold and therefore feel in control.
We must surrender this desire and allow what is hidden to be so until it’s appointed time of revelation.
Being content in not knowing is trust, as a young child.
God has gaps of opportunities to turn up or move if we allow Him that space. Being too affixed to our schedule and time pushes Him aside from this and surely some opportunities can then be missed or delayed.
Perhaps we do this regularly in our own lives or in defining church. Orchestrating to our tune instead of allowing God.
“At the set time that I appoint I will judge with equity.”
There are times to be ruthless about what is kept or got rid of and removed. As in Ecclesiastes.
It is time to put our timing in God’s hands to be rescued from unnecessary delays or battles.
Jesus loves us and the church far more abundantly than we do. We must love each other and church and sing it’s praises for if we don’t who will?
His love for us endures forever, corporately and individually.
It is not for us to have it on our terms but on His.
His desire now is for explosion and expansion in this family.
Love for it as faithfully as that of any husband to his wife as He calls us His bride.
The harvest will be delayed by any lack of love for the church.Our hearts must call out:
“O Lord, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells.”
For if we don’t love our God and church above all else how will anyone else?
Decree love and blessing and silence those who criticise.
We undermine Our Father when we are negative.
In the OT glory rested on individuals.
In the NT glory rests on the ‘ living stones’.
Now is the time for new to emerge.
For the glory of God to dwell in what we are and have created.
The illustration shows the living stones building the church body that with glory resting on it becomes light to push back the darkness.
Eight Scriptures that come to mind:
“O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forevermore.”Psalm 131:1-3 ESV
“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”Deuteronomy 29:29 ESV
“At the set time that I appoint I will judge with equity. When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants, it is I who keep steady its pillars. Selah”Psalm 75:2-3 ESV
“a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.”Ecclesiastes 3:5-8 ESV
“But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!”Psalm 31:14-15 ESV
“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,”Ephesians 5:25 ESV
“O Lord, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells.”Psalm 26:8 ESV
“Then the word of the Lord came by the hand of Haggai the prophet, “Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins? Now, therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways. You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes.”Haggai 1:3-6 ESV
The song. You Are God Alone. Philips Craig and Dean