The Knowledge God Keeps From Us

It is not God’s will that we know everything about him or his plan. He has given us everything we need to know pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3), but he has not given us everything. At one point in Revelation, John sees a mighty Angel. He is so large that he has one leg planted in the sea and another on the earth. The moment this Angel calls out with a loud voice, seven thunders begin to sound (Revelation 10:1-4). These were not ordinary thunders.

These thunders were somehow intelligible. They said something significant; so significant that a voice from heaven told John to “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down” (Revelation 10:4).

What did they say? No one knows, but there are two things we know about the content of their speech. First, it was no minor piece of information. It was not something that would make us go, “hmm, that was interesting,” and then move on. There would be no reason to conceal it if it were something like that.

Second, the opposite must be true. It must be so significant we could not handle it. It could have been so revealing of the end times and the divine plan that it would have altered how we respond to the entire Revelation.

The point is that there are depths to the knowledge of God that we do not know or cannot know now. The hidden things belong to the Lord, but the revealed things belong to us (Deuteronomy 29:29). What we do know is we have everything we need in Scripture when it comes to living a godly life. Think about that for a moment. We lack nothing we need when it comes to knowing God.

For many of us, this treasury of knowledge sits on our shelves, gathering dust. We often prefer the entertainment of Hollywood and social media feeds more than the riches of Scripture. Charles Spurgeon once said, “There is dust enough on some of your Bibles to write ‘damnation’ with your fingers.” Though that is probably not true of someone who would take the time to read an article like this, we must be on guard because the tendency resides in us all.

So often, we spend time searching for the new and current wisdom of our day. What is the most recent news? What are the latest arguments against the political party with which I disagree? What new show is everyone watching? We often hunger for answers to these questions or want to know more about the knowledge God keeps from us when the Ancient of Days has given us his word and said, “Search here. It has everything you need.”

-D. Eaton

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