* Not knowing all the answers develops faith
As we read the book of Job, we have information that the characters of the story do not. Job, the main character of the book, lost all he had through no fault of his own. As he struggled to understand why all this was happening to him, it became clear that he was not meant to know the reasons. He would have to face life with the answers and explanations held back. Only then would his faith fully develop.
We must experience life as Job did—one day at a time and without complete answers to all of life’s questions. Will we, like Job, trust God no matter what? Or will we give in to the temptation to say that God doesn’t really care? (NLT)
Job 1:1 – There was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless, a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil.
* Only God has all the answers
Jesus mentioned two kinds of people in his prayer the “wise and clever”—arrogant in their own knowledge—and the “childlike”—humbly open to receive the truth of God’s Word. Are you wise in your own eyes, or do you seek the truth in childlike faith, realizing that only God holds all the answers? (NLT)
Matthew 11:25 – Then Jesus prayed this prayer: “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding the truth from those who think themselves so wise and clever, and for revealing it to the childlike.”
* Don’t think you have all the answers
The Pharisees thought their religious system had all the answers. They could not accept Jesus because he did not fit into their system. We could miss Christ for the same reason. Beware of thinking that you or your church has all the answers. No religious system is big enough to contain Christ completely or to fulfill perfectly all his desires for the world. (NLT)
Luke 6:2 – But some Pharisees said, “You shouldn’t be doing that! It’s against the law to work by harvesting grain on the Sabbath.”
* Eternity will answer our questions
Paul offers a glimpse into the future to give us hope that one day we will be complete when we see God face to face. This truth should strengthen our faith. We don’t have all the answers now, but one day we will. Someday we will see Christ in person and be able to see with God’s perspective. (NLT)
1 Corinthians 13:12 – Now we see things imperfectly as in a poor mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God knows me now.
* Beware of those who claim to have all the answers
False teachers claimed that they possessed secret knowledge that gave them authority. Their “knowledge” of God was esoteric—mystical and beyond human understanding. The nature of God is beyond our understanding, but God, in his grace, has chosen to reveal himself to us—in his Word, and supremely in Jesus Christ. Therefore, we must seek to know all we can about what he has revealed, even though we cannot fully comprehend God with our finite human mind. Beware of those who claim to have all the answers and who belittle what they do not understand. (NLT)
Jude 1:10 – But these people mock and curse the things they do not understand. Like animals, they do whatever their instincts tell them, and they bring about their own destruction.
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