Information; February 23, 2018

Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”

God isn’t stingy with information, but He knows what we need to know and what we don’t, and one of the primary things we need to know is to depend on Him. That’s why He told Jeremiah to call out to Him. In current society we are inundated with information, but much of it is inconsequential to our lives. As a result, we can get dulled to taking in new information, even when it is very important to us. Sometimes God wants to tell us things that our human intellect can’t handle. The Japanese here says, “great things beyond understand­ing,” but the traditional English “unsearchable” seems to click today. That is, you can’t Google it! As He told Isaiah, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9) Paul was very aware of this himself when he spoke of God’s power on our behalf. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21) We need to maintain the awareness that God’s plans are greater than anything we could come up with, and then keep seeking Him to know as much of those plans as is necessary for us.

I have long been something of a “knowledge junkie,” absorbing all the information I could just for the fun of it, which also tended to make me an insufferable know-it-all. I have matured (somewhat!) to realize that there is far more that I don’t know than I do, and that is as it should be. However, I still like to know, and that has forced me to grow in faith. After all, not knowing means I have to trust God. I will never forget the time I was pleading with God to speak to me, praying non-stop, when He took advantage of my pause for breath and said, “Well then, shut up.” I am to obey His words to Jeremiah, but I am also to be at peace with not knowing, if that is what is best for God’s plans to be fulfilled. Sometimes if we know too much, we get in the way. I am to use what I know as fodder for prayer, entrusting each situation to God and submitting my will to His, so that His name may be acknowledged as holy and His kingdom come as His will is done, for His glory.

Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You that Your plans are indeed perfect. Help me trust You enough to flow with Your Spirit according to Your plan so that I may participate fully in all that You are doing, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

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