Today’s Reading: Revelation 10:1-11 (additional reading: Psalm 138:1-8 & Proverbs 30:11-14)
George came home from work after a very long and terrible day. Everything had gone wrong. His secretary called in sick and he couldn’t figure out how to use the fax machine. The photocopier jammed and the paper caught on fire. The district manager scolded him for not meeting his monthly quota. As he plops down in his favourite easy chair he says to his wife, “I’ve had nothing but bad news at the office today. If there is one thing I don’t want, it is more bad news.” His wife gently replied, “In that case, you’ll be glad to know that 3 out of 4 of your children did not break their arms today.”
God’s voice booms out from His throne, confirming the words of the angel. John takes out his stylus and starts to write, but the thunder boom again Don’t write what you just heard. Seal it up, and keep it a secret.
Keep it a secret? I thought this book is called the revelation! Why would God taunt us by giving John a message and then ordering it to be kept secret?
I can think of one good reason: to remind us we don’t need to know everything about God’s plan for this world, or His plan for our own lives. This is our first bittersweet reality: God doesn’t tell us everything He knows.
Dt 29:29 The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
Ignorance can be very frustrating, because it is very humbling. It’s not easy to admit we don’t know it all, we haven’t got it all figured out. There are many things about God and His plan you can be sure of, but there are also many things that remain a mystery.
Josh Billings said “It’s better not to know so much than to know so many things that ain’t so.”