For many of us, the unknown is daunting. It instigates insecurity within us because we don’t know what to expect or how to plan. For some, the unknown invites an invigorating adventure ... meanwhile, the rest of us are left slightly unsettled.
Significant questions lacking definitive answers make me feel unclear. Tentative plans without details make me feel unprepared. Seasons of suffering with indistinct purposes make me feel uncertain. The truth is, not knowing makes me feel vulnerable.
The more curiosities I pursue, the more I realize how little I know. My human brain is extremely ill-equipped and hopelessly finite in comparison to the sheer amount of information available in the universe. Take science, plus current events, plus history, plus specialized fields of study, and I’m lost somewhere in the muddle.
Granted, worldly knowledge is beneficial in many instances. But heavenly wisdom is far more precious. The most important things to know are not in published dissertations, news articles, collegiate textbooks, or training manuals.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. – Proverbs 9:10
Far better to seek godly counsel than acquire earthly expertise, or even temporal wealth! Proverbs 16:16 proclaims, “How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.”
The reality is, I don’t know many things; but what I do know, I know for sure! I am unwaveringly confident in the truth of God’s promises contained in His Word. I am unchangingly secure in the depth of His love demonstrated through the crucifixion and resurrection of His Son.
Such knowledge is not anything I can obtain myself. It must come from God, in the form of guidance by the Holy Spirit and holy living in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. Anytime I lack understanding, I know the God who knows, and that assures me. Certain things are not for me to know, but what I do need to know, God has already reavealed.
When I get overwhelmed by how much there is to learn, frustrated by how ignorant I can be, or disoriented in the tangle of differing ideas, “Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in Him” (Proverbs 30:5).
God’s Provision: God’s way is perfect. He always guides His children in truth, sending instruction through fellow saints and leading us to Holy Scripture. Indeed, His Word is sufficient for all things, profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). Breathed out by God Himself, “the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
Word of the Week: Complete. God’s character—and His Word as an extension of His character—are flawless in every way. In the face of our unknowns, He knows all things, including us. He is a gracious and loving God who desires the complete restoration of His people. We lack; He abounds. For our all faults, flaws, and failings, God is complete.