Devotional for Wednesday December 30th

Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Celebrating is good for us”
Our Bible verse for today: “The hidden things belong to the Lord our God, but the revealed things belong to us and our children forever, so that we may follow all the words of this law.” Deuteronomy 29:29 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Celebrate your partnership with God in life.”
This past Sunday (December 27th) I preached our New Year’s sermon at Oak Hill Baptist Church. The title was “Give an account, then move forward into the New Year”. The premise was that as we end 2020 and as we begin to move forward into 2021, we should pause to review 2020 and learn what we can from it. But then we need to move forward into 2021 with courage, boldness, eagerness, and anticipation of good things to come. If you would like to watch that sermon you can do so by going to our website at
In that sermon I quoted numerous passages of scripture but the bulk of the sermon was built upon the lesson Moses taught to the nation of Israel in Deuteronomy 29:29 (quoted above). There Moses told them that as they prepared to move forward into the Promised Land, they needed to keep in mind that there are many things about the future that are “hidden things” which belong to the Lord, but there would also be “revealed things” which would belong to them.
The hidden things are the mysteries and unanswered questions, the unknowable things about the future. Those things belong to God and we can trust them to Him. This brings us back to the issue of the sovereignty of God which we discussed two days ago. When we arrive in the future, God will already be there because He is omnipresent (everywhere, all the time); and He will already know everything about the future because He is omniscient (He knows everything); and He will have complete control over the future because He is omnipotent (He is all-powerful). So, we can trust those hidden, unknowable things to Him.
The revealed things are the things that God makes known to us and which we therefore have some responsibility to do something about. This includes His will and His ways as revealed to us in the Bible, and it includes the circumstances of life that we can see and which we can do something about. God will help us with deal with those revealed things, but because they have been revealed to us, we have a responsibility to get involved and do something to help ourselves and others. Dealing with those things is not all up to God.
As we go through life we do so in partnership with God. It’s not all on us, but it’s also not all on Him either. We do this together. That will continue to be true in 2021.  Take some time this morning to celebrate your partnership in life with God.
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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