Clueless

We all are confounded at some point in life's journey.

Sometimes, we simply have to yield to the fact that we just do not know. There are many things in life, philosophically and personally, that we will not understand.

The fact that we do not hold all of the answers, however, only highlights God’s sovereignty; “All glory to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, forever. Amen” (Romans 16:27/NLT). Jesus’ disciples said this of the Savior in John 16:30: “Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.”

God knows all things. In fact, God is so omniscient that he created the universe with his intellect. Proverbs 3:19 reads, “By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place.”

The God of the universe, though, does allow us to “feed off the crumbs from the master’s table” (Matthew 15:27). If we are willing to ask, the Lord will give us understanding. James 1:5 reads, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”

Though the preceding verse highlights wisdom, it is God’s design for wisdom and understanding to always be coupled together. This is evidenced by the many times “wisdom and understanding” are mentioned together in the Bible.

Proverbs 4:5 states, “Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them.” Proverbs 4:7 follows, saying, “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”

King Solomon, writer of most of the Proverbs, certainly knows the value of wisdom. After all, he is the one who asked God for wisdom, receiving that and much more. However, Solomon was not only clothed with wisdom. First Kings 4:29 informs, “God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.”

When asking in faith and receiving wisdom, we also gain insight and understanding. There are times when God will give us illumination on a situation or concern that may have confounded us for years. Oftentimes, this comes with time. After all, “he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).

God’s ways are so far above our ways, his thoughts so far above our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8). In acknowledging this, we come to grips with the fact that we cannot know everything. First Corinthians 13:9 concedes, “For we know in part and we prophesy in part.”

Claiming to know everything is a fast track to ignorance. James 1:19 tells us to be “quick to listen.” We are always to have a posture of learning, because with increased knowledge comes the ability grow (1 Peter 2:2).

When claiming to know more than one does, however, one claims the position of a fool. Atheists claim to know definitively that there is no God. Psalm 53:1 says, however, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’”

The only absolute certainty is God and the Word that he has revealed to us. Does the word of God tell us everything about our human existence? No. But it tells us everything we need to know regarding God’s nature. Keep in mind that no book could ever contain everything there is to know about God. He is eternal and everlasting.

John even records, “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written” (John 21:25). If Jesus’ three years of ministry could not be contained in all the world’s volumes, how can the fullness of the eternal living God be simplified into a single book?

God, though, has revealed to us surpassingly great truths for us to live by and to come into knowledge of and fellowship with him. First Timothy 2:4 says as much, stating, “[God] wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”

My point is this: in many things we are flat out clueless. God does, however, reveal to us as he determines. This is usually determined by our posture and his need. Ephesians 3:4-6 records :

In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. 6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.

Revelation always depends on God’s timing, plan and purpose. Coincidentally, God does not want us to be ignorant (1 Thessalonians 4:13, Romans 11:25, 1 Corinthians 12:1). Hosea 4:6 states, “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” Surely the God who wants no one to perish (2 Peter 3:9) desires that we have knowledge, starting, first and foremost, with knowledge of his word.

All things considered, let us not be discouraged when things are beyond our cognitive grasp. Seek the One who gives wisdom and understanding and be willing to rest in his sovereignty. We must be able, also, to admit that some things we do not know. Not doing so can be equally as destructive as utter ignorance, as “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).

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~ by christianballenger on October 27, 2011.

2 Responses to “Clueless”

  1. Reall enjoyed your posting. You were totally on point with your scripture references. I was talking to an atheist friend the other week and he claimed that he knew there was no God, which is something I doubt he would stake his life on lol. Another thing that he said to me was that he couldn’t understand how Christians could have faith. He basically believes its foolish to have faith when actually it takes a stronger person to have faith. We have faith because we have seen Christ revealed in God’s word. Keep writing.

  2. Faith in God is not my problem. I frequently ask God to help me with my unbelief, but not about Himself. He is real and present — there can’t be anywhere that He’s not. I’ve been an atheist, and it is logic that opened the door for me to recognize God for the reality that He is. It’s the feeling of being cornered into choosing between a salvation tradition or spiritual excommunication (believe that this rabbi Jesus is the only provision God offers for eternal life or plan on eternal death or worse) that I have a problem with. The Bible is full of wisdom that never goes out of fashion; yet I can’t help seeing personal and cultural prejudices espoused occasionally as well. This is what makes it so hard for me to accept the entire collection of what we call the Bible as entirely divinely inspired. So I just keep telling Him my troubles, worries, frustrations, and sometimes a good joke, figuring He will give me clues as I need them and — maybe most importantly — as I become able to use them. Amen.

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