Knowledge; May 23, 2021

2 Kings 4:27 When she reached the man of God at the mountain, she took hold of his feet. Gehazi came over to push her away, but the man of God said, “Leave her alone! She is in bitter distress, but the Lord has hidden it from me and has not told me why.”

God doesn’t always tell His servants everything! As much as we might like to know, sometimes it just doesn’t happen that way. There are lots of reasons for that, but they all boil down to God knowing better than we do. For one thing, we couldn’t handle omniscience, however much we think we might like it. Our brains simply aren’t capable of handling it, and we would be destroyed. For another thing, we need to grow in faith and trust, and knowing too much ahead of time works against that. Elisha had already experienced a good bit of training in faith and obedience, and this was one more step in that. The good thing is, he followed God’s lesson plan, and the boy was revived as a result. We need to be open to all that God wants to show and tell us, but we aren’t to pester Him about things we don’t need to know, or don’t need to know yet. In the encounter with the boy’s mother, God did make it clear to Elisha what was going on, and he responded appropriately. We need to trust God for when to show us things, but when He does show us, we need to respond promptly!

The spiritual gift of the Word of Knowledge (1 Corinthians 12:8) has operated in me from time to time, but far more often in Cathy. We have seen it bring people to repentance, and we have also seen people flee from us, all too aware that nothing is hidden from God. By personality I’m someone who likes to know stuff, but I’ve had to learn both that I shouldn’t know everything, and that I shouldn’t tell everything I know! I don’t think my thirst for knowledge is a bad thing, but I’ve got to keep it in submission to the Lord, and I must not let it be a snare of pride to me. Actually, the longer I live, the more I know that I don’t know! That actually is a very good thing. There are several things I would really like to know right now, most especially, how to receive and maintain God’s healing and health for Cathy. That knowledge can be very difficult to wait for! I am to operate on what I have been shown, and in everything trust God and give Him thanks and praise. Knowledge and wisdom are certainly His territory, so above all I need to keep seeking Him.

Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You for this gloriously clear day in the middle of rainy season. Thank You that this is Pentecost Sunday. I do pray that You would pour Your Spirit out on all Your children, and through us onto those around us so that they too may be born again into Your family, for a massive in-gathering and the establishment of Your rule and reign, for Your glory alone. 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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