walk in the word
Who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” (Romans 9:20, esv)
Scientists say the measure of a being’s intelligence is not brain size, but rather brain size relative to body size. The human brain, for example, at 1/50 of our overall body mass, far exceeds that of other mammals (even those whose brains are the same size as ours), and is the ideal ratio we need for functioning in our world with proper balance and skill.
Why the biology lesson? Because I wonder if it ever occurred to you that maybe the reason we don’t know as much as God knows is that, if we did, our heads would explode?Persistent demands to fully understand “why” become an elevation of ourselves and a diminishing of the One who knows. Click To Tweet
You know I’m exaggerating, but the truth remains: some of the reason why God limits our ability to understand everything that’s going on in our lives is based on nothing other than His desire to protect us.
He’s protecting us from pride. “Knowledge puffs up” (1 Corinthians 8:1). You see it in people who are convinced they know when Jesus is coming back, even though “concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Mark 13:32). Notice it also in people who say they know exactly why God allows certain tragedies or natural disasters to take place on the earth. Notice it, too, in those people who claim to know why things are happening specifically to you, whether in your family or personal life or business or any other realm. The possession of too much knowledge (even the perception of possessing it) is a potential cause for pride.
He’s protecting us from judging Him. Full knowledge of why God does what He does would open us to analyzing whether His reasons seem good enough for us. That’s the logic behind Paul’s illustration about the clay not making judgments on the potter. “Will what is molded say to its molder, ‘Why have you made me like this?’” We’d be like candles unwilling to be lit by our owners unless we knew all the reasons we were being put into use, as well as the duration of our burning. Persistent demands to fully understand why become an elevation of ourselves and a diminishing of the One who knows.
He’s protecting us from going off-mission. One of the main charges given to us as Christ’s followers, though challenging, is quite simple: “Whatever you do, work at it will all your heart” (Colossians 3:23, niv). We’re here on a mission for the King and His kingdom. We’ve forsaken the right to question our orders so that we might yield ourselves to a higher purpose. We’re not students in a classroom needing to be told why we have to study this subject. We’re not players on a ball team demanding to know why practice time is so early. We are sons and daughters of God, needing only to stay focused on our soldier-surrender. The fact that God doesn’t cater to our petulance and our sense of entitlement is a safeguard that keeps us on track.
Obviously, as it stands, you and I don’t know everything. We never will. We never can. But God is not being cruel to keep us within these limited parameters. It’s actually a sign of His loving protection. He is helping us by not telling us.
And under His power and omniscience is the best place to rest.
Father, the number of ways You show Your love for me is beyond counting—Your knowledge of me, Your foresight of my every need. Teach me greater thankfulness toward You, even as You grow me in faith and humility. May I never doubt that all Your ways toward me are wise and pure and good and caring. Quiet me in Your love today, in the name of Jesus my Savior, amen.
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