“The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.” (Deuteronomy 29:29)
What goes on in the secret halls of a man’s heart is more often than not hidden from those around him. Those who think they know us best oftentimes don’t have a clue. We practice being put together even when we’re inwardly teetering on the edge.
Job was on the receiving end of some misguided analysis of his life and heart. He got an earful from those who thought they knew. And then he encountered the God who chose to set darkness in his paths. When God was finished, Job had this to say: “I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.” (Job 42:2)
Here, Job acknowledges God’s omnipotence and His omniscience. The word “withhholden” means to be “fenced off” or “made inaccessible.”
What men keep secret from men they cannot keep secret from God. What befuddles and mystifies human beings is crystal clear to the Most High. We will be asking “Why?” until we die, with limited answers. The deepest, most hidden secrets of men’s hearts will one day be perfectly and completely understood when what is now known to God is made known to us.
Finally, Job came to the place where he did not have to have everything explained to him. It was enough for him to know that his God knew all. In this life, He reveals to us all we need to know in order to be obedient. Let this knowledge be enough. The business of our lives is to know and understand God, not men or ourselves.