The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"I Don't Know"
"The Sanity of Humility"
"I don't know." The wise among us often think this in heart and mind, and also openly express their lack of complete knowledge. They realize that, regarding every subject, they know such a minuscule amount of what can be known. This truth especially applies to God and His spiritual reality and truth.
"His understanding is infinite" (Psalm 147:5).
"If any man think that he knoweth anything, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know" (I Corinthians 8:2).
Long ago, Satan infected Adam with the lie in which he himself exists. "Ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil" (Genesis 3:5). The falsehood dominates the hearts of unbelievers, and remains in the flesh of believers (Proverbs 21:4; Galatians 5:17). Thus, we are all susceptible to thinking we know more than we do, and particularly for believers, that we know enough about God and His truth. Of course, most of us would not openly affirm such a notion, and we might even properly think in our hearts and minds that we need to learn so much more. In our attitudes and actions, however, fleshly pride and arrogance can tempt us to consider that we know than we actually do.
Consider matters of disagreement with fellow believers. We may hold a correct position about a Biblical matter, having pondered the matter enough to justifiably have an opinion. If so, we may rightly state our case, and in fact, we should "earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints" (Jude 1:3). Do we, however, perceive ourselves to know everything about any matter of God and His Word? If not, arrogance and proudful aggressiveness should not accompany the assertion of our position. We must not follow the example of the preacher whose sermon notes included the comment, "Point weak here. Pound pulpit!" Indeed, even if we believe our position to be strong in Biblical truth, we do far better to heed the Apostle Paul's avoidance of pulpit pounding. "And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves" (II Timothy 2:24-25).
Maintaining the realization that regardless of how much we know, an eternal God beckons us with infinite knowledge and understanding will go far in maintaining the sanity of humility to which He calls us. Moreover, even the best and brightest among the human race know nothing as they ought to know. This does not disqualify their imparting of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. It does, however, direct our attention to those sane enough to couple their "I know" with the humility of "I don't know." To such ones, let us give heed, pay our respects, and seek to follow their example.
"The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, and caused me to pass by them round about. And, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. And He said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, Thou knowest."
(Ezekiel 37:1-3; emphasis added)
Weekly Memory Verse
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God."
(II Corinthians 3:5)