We Don’t Know!

Saturday, 2007-January-06 at 16:20 2 comments

I have been reading the Bible's Book of Job recently.  It occurred to me that neither Job, nor his friends, had any idea what was happening behind the scenes.  Therefore, they tried to apply their experiences and conventional wisdom to the situation.  In fact, they were all so wrong that they sinned against God.

Very often, we will pretend that we have all the answers.  Instead of making it clear that we view all human knowledge as necessarily limited by our short-term perspectives and our lack of insight into the unseen spiritual world, we cook up all sorts of explanations for events and behaviors that would seem to be outside of our normal expectations.

Did you ever notice how Romans 1:21-23 highlights the fact that people did not know or choose to know God, and that led to all sorts of false ideas and wrong behaviors?

Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.

Sometimes, we really need to acknowledge the fact that we do not know, do not understand, and may never know or understand what is happening and why it is happening.  Anything else leads to error.

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2 Comments

  • 1. joyfarm6  |  Saturday, 2007-January-06 at 20:01

    Very good point, we cannot know the mind of God. You’re so right! thinking we can leads to the real problem. I especially like the 38 th chapter of Job when God questions Job.

    “Who is it that darkens my counsel
    with words without knowledge?
    Brace yourself like a man;
    I will question you,
    and you shall answer me.”

    First of all it charges me up that God uses sarcasm in His “answer”. Second who are we to question God? We should pray for wisdom (James 1) and “understand” that we couldn’t possibly understand God’s reasons.
    I’m happy to be a child of God. I don’t need to know why everything happens, maybe one day something good will come of it, maybe not. Either way He’s my God, my Savior. I’ll take the blessing or trials and hopefully thank Him for either one.

  • 2. Alondra Hucks-Willingham  |  Tuesday, 2007-January-16 at 21:47

    This is an awesome message Walt.
    So many times we feel disconnected from God and just cannot figure out how we got there. It is , of course, those little unnoticed sins we commit. I just went through something like this. I was looking at how the experience was affecting my children and myself when the Lord informed me that the experience was not about us at all. It was about how He could prepare us to be used to touch others for His glory. How awesome is that?!
    Keep the messages coming. We are listening.
    Love you and God bless.


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