A number of years ago when Tim and I were caring for our friends’ son for the weekend, we learned a fabulous lesson. This little four year old boy spoke great words of wisdom when I asked him a question. He didn’t answer me with the often-heard, and more usual, response: “I don’t know.” Instead, this little guy answered me with a far more honest and humble response: “I can’t know.”
There are things on this side of heaven that we just can’t know.
We’ve just got to be willing to humbly accept the truth of this. We can’t know all that God knows. God is God. Only God is almighty and all-knowing. We are not. Yet, at the same time, there is so much that we do know. Because our almighty and all-knowing God has chosen to reveal these things to us.
The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may know and follow all the words of this law. – Deuteronomy 29:29
God calls us to actively and intentionally respond to all those things that we do know – to all those things that our Lord has clearly revealed to us in His Word and by His Spirit.
With knowledge there comes a responsibility. With all that God has revealed to us, we must make a choice about whether or not we will trust what God’s Word and Spirit have revealed. And if we do trust what God has made known, we need to choose to follow our Lord and follow His revealed ways for how we are to live as His children and followers.
God calls each one of us to fully trust and obey Him, to fully believe and follow Him in all that He has revealed to us in His Word and by His Spirit. And God, out of His incredible love for us, calls us to this deep, challenging and freedom-bringing place of trust and obedience to Him because our Lord fully knows what is for our very best.
“Father, I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.” – John 17:6
Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” – John 14:23
Even when we can’t know all the details surrounding our lives and circumstances, we do know that the very best thing we could ever do for ourselves is to trust and obey, to believe and follow our loving God – who knows us and all things fully! There will come a day of God’s great and full revelation when we, too, will know in full, just as we are fully known.
Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. – 1 Corinthians 13:12
Until that day, let’s trust our God for all we can’t know and follow Him in all we do know!