Daily Reflections

Living with Mystery

February 6, 2024 Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

The secret things belong to the LORD our God.” —Deuteronomy 29:29 ESV

For every one of us, there are things in our lives that don’t make sense—cancer, infertility, tragic accidents. Why did the Lord allow these things to happen? But the truth is life doesn’t have to make sense. We must come to the place in our lives where we are content to live with mystery.

However, that doesn’t mean we don’t ask God for light and understanding. He might reveal His purposes to us, and He might not. We may never see or understand why God does what He does in our lives.

Biblical counselor David Powlison said, “Most of the noise in our souls is generated by our attempts to control the uncontrollable.”3 Isn’t that true? We try to manage something or fix and change someone, and we end up with this noise in our souls rather than a quiet heart.

It’s tempting to try to control or understand everything and to make our opinions known about all that’s happening in our world. Freedom comes, however, through trusting God with our circumstances, our lives, and our hearts.

3 David Powlison, Stress: Peace Amid Pressure (Philipsburg, New Jersey: P&R Publishing, 2004), 16–17.


How to Have a Quiet Heart (Psalm 131),” Revive Our Hearts series

Scripture taken from The CSB

Make it Personal

What are you trying to control right now that’s really uncontrollable? How can you trust God to take care of it instead?