The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
It can be difficult to know what God would have us do, particularly when it comes to those aspects of our lives not talked about in the Bible. Where should I go to college? What career should I pursue? Should I marry this person? Should I take that job? We are told in Deuteronomy 29:29 that the “secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” Thus, God has two wills. A secret will and a revealed will. The revealed will of God are those things written in “the words of this law”—holy scripture—for us and for our children that “we may do all the words of this law.” That is, so we might know how God would have us conduct our lives on a day-to-day basis. But then there is the secret will of God, those things about our lives which he has not made known to us—who we should marry, what job we should take, where we should live. Regarding these decisions, St. Augustine has been famously quoted as saying, “Love God and do what your heart desires.” His point is that so long as you are loving God with all your heart, mind, and soul, then your decisions should be driven with an ultimate view to glorify God and not by selfish motives or ambitions. If that be the case, then love God and do what your heart desires.
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