Daily Reflections: A Daily Digital Devotional

Living with Mystery

October 11, 2021 Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

“The secret things belong to the Lord our God.” —Deuteronomy 29:29

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

Now, that doesn’t mean we don’t ask God for light and understanding. But 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 change someone, and we end up with this noise in our soul 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.

Make it Personal

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