By: Logan Douglas
There is an ever-present temptation for human beings to know and control everything in our lives that ignores God’s ordained limitations He has placed upon us.
You might not admit out loud that you daily seek to know and control everything, yet if you are like me, you have an impressive assortment of apps (applications for you less tech savvy readers) on your phone that testify that you might actually be trying to not only know everything, but also to control your little chunk of the universe.
Omniscience In Our Pockets?
Now, I am not accusing you of trying to be a super villain. But I am convinced that our technological advances have given us unprecedented power and unlimited knowledge and because this technology exists, we feel compelled to use it to its full capability.
Why? Because we all have a bit of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) mixed with varying amounts of god-complex.
With our smartphones we are equipped to communicate via email, text message, social media messenger, video call, phone call – and if you are really in a tight spot – you can use the flashlight as Morse code.
We can check the weather with radar and navigate using GPS which literally taps into information from satellites in orbit.
We can access the depths of the knowledge of Google and Wikipedia. We can access the depths of the wisdom of YouTubers, Tweeters, and podcasters.
We can watch people do random daily activities in real time through their stories on multiple apps. We are connected, we are equipped, and we are informed.
So when was the last time you said, “I don’t know”?
The Freedom In Admitting Our Limitations
Remember, back when someone asked you about a current event that you had not heard about, or a sporting event you didn’t watch, or a friend’s vacation that you forgot was happening?
A time when you weren’t connected. A time when you weren’t informed. A time when you didn’t wake up and go searching through messages, emails, newsfeeds, videos, and posts before you had coffee, exercised, prayed and meditated on God’s Word.
Saying “I don’t know” is a gift from God. Saying “I don’t know” is an acknowledgment of your finiteness, which is His good design. Saying “I don’t know” frees you from the pressure to know everything that is going on everywhere with everyone.
Saying “I don’t know” allows you to take time to think about how you should respond to the latest global tragedy, social issue, political topic, etc.
Below are a few verses that I wanted to share with you. These verses help me understand that I absolutely do not have to have all the answers. Actually, sometimes I shouldn’t have an answer.
I am finite. I am limited. I am human. God knows this, He made me this way. He made you this way. He made you in such a way that you do not have to try to know and control everything.
There is so much that is out of our control and so much that we shouldn’t know and even more that we cannot know. For many this is maddening, but for those who call out to God, “Abba Father”, it is a comfort.
As COVID-19 has shown us, there are many things we cannot know and cannot control.
As children of God, brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ, adopted by God and sealed by the Holy Spirit, we trust in our Heavenly Father who knows all and controls all. Let us rest in that.
Scripture to meditate on
“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” – Deuteronomy 29:29
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.” – Proverbs 3:5-7
“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.” – Psalm 127:1-2
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” – Proverbs 16:9
“Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty?” – Job 11:7
“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?’ ‘Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?’ For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” – Romans 11:33-36
Logan Douglas is a missionary church planter working with The Iceland Project. He is the planter and pastor of Redeemer City Reykjavik in Iceland.
Check out our most recent podcast episode from In The Trenches as Jared and Logan talk about how complementarian churches can do a better job of equipping women for ministry.