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Our theme for this month: “Personal Responsibility”
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: “The revealed things belong to us”
On Sunday December 26th, at Oak Hill Baptist Church, I preached our New Year’s sermon. The passage of scripture I based it on was Deuteronomy 29:29. In the book of Deuteronomy, Moses was preparing the Israelites to cross over into the Promised Land and enter into the great future God had prepared for them.
In 29:29 he explained that there was much about that future that was a mystery to them. As is always true, only God knows the future. The specific events that will unfold, and the details of those events, are hidden from us until they happen. Those are the hidden things that Moses was referring to in that verse and he taught that those things belong to God. In faith, we need to be comfortable trusting the unknowns of the future to Him. That was true for them back then as they prepared to enter the Promised Land, and it’s true for us today as we begin this New Year. The future is unknown to us. We don’t know what 2022 will bring. God does but we don’t. Those are hidden things and they belong to Him.
However, in that verse Moses also taught that there are revealed things that belong to us. By “revealed things” Moses meant that in a variety of ways (in our case through the Bible), God has made known to us things He expects us to do. These revealed things then become our personal responsibility. They are things that He certainly could do by Himself and without our involvement, but He has chosen to involve us. In fact, very often, those revealed things will not happen unless we do our part. God will often leave the thing undone until we get busy and do it.
The things that have been revealed to us by God and for which we are responsible are important and essential if we are to live well in 2022. We’ll spend the month of January considering many of those revealed things. We will think about our personal responsibility for those matters and how it is that our lives will be better, fuller, and happier when we are doing the things God has revealed to us that He wants us to do.
By the way, if you would like to watch that sermon, the video is available on our church website (oakhillbaptist.net) and on the Oak Hill Baptist Church Facebook page.
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