Based on my title, I should just stop right now. That’s because what I DON’T know would fill a large book. What I DO know…quite the opposite.
Unless what I DO know is based on a big book about our big God. Now THAT would fill a big book indeed…actually, it already has.
Something this pandemic has shown me clearly is that there is a lot…a LOT…that I don’t know. I have an opinion about a lot of issues, but I don’t truly KNOW with certainty about most of those things.
The theories and conspiracies surrounding the world’s situation are running rampant on social media. It’s so easy to get caught up in the swirl of it all. Is this article true? Let me research it! But is the research that I am reading correct? Maybe. Maybe not.
I simply, really…all too often…don’t know for sure.
This uncertainty and this holding on to our beliefs leads to so much confusion and so much angst. Right there are two traits that God does not want us to have.
Yesterday I was continuing my slow reading through Psalm 33. I was interrupted by a pretty light out my window, so of course you know what I did. I grabbed my phone, ran outside, and snapped a quick picture of our sunrise. I love how God delights me with the beauty that He creates all around us, especially in the sky.
This moment was the perfect accompaniment to Psalm 33:6:
“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host.”
All around me today I am reminded of how much I don’t know.
But all around me today I am also reminded of how much I DO know.
The difference in the two depends on where I choose to place my focus.
My desire, more and more during this unsettling time in our world, is to place my eyes on God and on what I know about Him. Just as I know that the sun will rise in the morning, there are some other things I can surely know as well.
I know that God is working in this world right now, today.
“The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He frustrates the plans of the peoples.” (Psalm 33:10)
“God doesn’t keep Himself marooned in creation; He messes in politics. He gets into the dirty stuff of history. This is partly what makes the God of the Bible so unnerving – you simply can’t box Him up in one arena of His world. He simply ‘takes over’ everywhere.” (Dale Ralph Davis)
I know that God’s plan will stand forever.
“God’s plan will stand forever, the design of His heart to generation after generation.” (Psalm 33:11)
I know that God loves the world and gave us His Son to save us from our sin and provide the way to heaven.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave us His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
I know that when I lack wisdom, God has told me to simply ask and He will give me the wisdom I need.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, Who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5)
This includes the wisdom to live correctly and to live in His will during COVID-19. Wisdom to make God-honoring decisions. Wisdom to trust God even when I can’t trust anything else that I see or hear.
May I hold on to God tighter than I hold on to my beliefs about non-essential issues.
May I trust God to reveal truth to me, and not let me make decisions that are Biblically incorrect.
May I react with a bent knee rather than a balled-up fist.
May I not waste this moment in history, but may I use every part of it for the glory of God.