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Knowns and Unknowns

Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 29-30

Scripture Focus: 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)

Devotional Thought: Donald Rumsfeld, United States Secretary of Defense, once famously said, "There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know."

The question the Bible poses is a lot simpler: "What are we doing with the things that are revealed, the things that we know?"

The secret things belong to God. There are some things that we simply don't know. We can't do anything about these things, except seek to learn what they are. The quest for knowledge is a noble thing. The quest for wisdom, nobler still.

The things that are revealed belong to us. All truth is God's. As such, if we are to know the truth, it is in a sense revealed to us - in God's character and creation. And, when we know it, we own it. I can't be held accountable for things I don't know, but responsibility for the things I do know belongs to me. In the Garden of Eden, God made his truth known - "You may eat..." and "You may not eat..." The important thing was what Adam and Eve did with this revealed truth.

That we may do all the words of this law. God reveals his Word to us so that we can do it. And, his Word is not burdensome, but rather a delight and blessing for us, that we may overcome the burdens of life (1 John 5.3-4).

Prayer: Thank you, Father, that you have given us your Word, revealing your will and your way to us. Help us to walk in accordance with your truth and thereby live a blessed and overcoming life. Amen.

Psalm of the Day: Psalm 25.14-22

14 The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant. 15 My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he will pluck my feet out of the net.

16 Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. 17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses. 18 Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins.

19 Consider how many are my foes, and with what violent hatred they hate me. 20 Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me! Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. 21 May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you.

22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.

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