March 24, 2014

Job 42:3 “Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.

There’s a lot of that that goes on! It is interesting as well as amusing that we so hate to admit that we don’t know things, and how we pontificate to try to hide that fact. Actually, a great deal of harm has been done down through the centuries by people in positions of authority or responsibility acting this way. It may take courage to admit you don’t know, but the end result is far better than acting on ignorance. It is interesting that sometimes people who actually know a great deal, like scientists, believe their own publicity, so to speak, and think they know far more than they actually do. That happens a great deal, actually. When it is innocent, with no hidden motives, it’s largely harmless, even if amusing, but sometimes there is a real agenda behind it, whether conscious or not. That’s certainly the case with vehemently atheistic scientists, who speak as though their theories of the origin of life and the universe were proven fact, when actually they are no more than attempts to eliminate the logical necessity of a Creator. That again would simply be amusing if they didn’t deceive so many others in the process. Anyone who is an “authority” on anything really needs the humility to acknowledge the limits of their knowledge and understanding, because in the final analysis, those limits are pretty severe.

I’m certainly talking about myself here! Thankfully I’ve never been atheistic, but I have tended to pontificate all my life. I do have a high IQ and wide interests, but an honest evaluation shows that there is infinitely more that I don’t know than I do know. Sometimes you wouldn’t think that to listen to me! However, I must not deny the knowledge I have been given by the grace of God. Like Paul, I know Whom I have believed, (2 Timothy 1:12) and that knowledge is sufficient foundation for the rest of life. I have always enjoyed knowing stuff, from reading the Encyclopedia Britannica for fun in the 4th grade to browsing the Internet today. However, such knowledge is ephemeral at best, because this world is not eternal, whatever the materialists say. Every aspect, every moment of my life needs to be a reflection of what I know of God, and an effort to help others know Him too. For that to be true, I need constantly to be pressing in to know more of Him, because there is always more to learn.

Father, thank You for Your incredible grace in revealing Yourself to mankind, most especially through Your Son, and also through Your Word and Your Spirit. Help me receive accurately what You reveal to me and communicate it without distortion, never in pride but in profound gratitude, so that as many as possible may worship You in spirit and in truth, (John 4:23-24) for Your pleasure and glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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