“The secret things belong to the Lord our God…” Deuteronomy 29:29
In her book, The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom recounts a conversation she had with her father while riding on the train. She was a very young girl at the time and she had heard a term at school which she did not understand, so she asked her father:
“Father, what is sex sin?” He turned to look at me, as he always did when answering a question, but to my surprise he said nothing. At last he stood up, lifted his travelling case from the rack over our heads, and set it on the floor. “Will you carry it off the train, Corrie?” he said. I stood up and tugged at it. It was crammed with the watches and spare parts he had purchased that morning. It’s too heavy,” I said. “Yes,” he said. “And it would be a pretty poor father who would ask his little daughter to carry such a load. It’s the same way, Corrie, with knowledge. Some knowledge is too heavy for children. When you are older and stronger you can bear it. For now you must trust me to carry it for you.” And I was satisfied. More than satisfied, wonderfully at peace. There were answers to this and all my hard questions, for now I was content to leave them in my father’s keeping.”
Corrie would later experience and witness the horrors and barbarism of Ravensbruck Concentration Camp, that were too much for her mind to process and comprehend. She writes, “Such cruelty was too much to grasp, too much to bear. Heavenly Father, carry it for me!”
By God’s grace, most of us have been spared such horrific brutality, but nevertheless, all of us live in a broken world, and all of us have known pain and suffering to one degree or another, and many of us have asked the question, “Why?” Scripture does not give us the answer to all our questions, but it does tell us that the secret things belong to the Lord our God. And Scriptures portrays our God as the perfect Father who loves His children too much to hurt them unnecessarily. There are answers to all our hard questions, but we must be content to leave them in our Heavenly Father’s keeping! It is in resting in Him, that we can be satisfied and wonderfully at peace!