Devotional

The Lord Knows

Michael Beck Michael Beck

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)

What an incredible promise: that one day we will know, even as we are known. Surely, God knows us perfectly. There is nothing about us that is hidden or puzzles Him. But for now, we “know in part.” We “see through a glass darkly.” There is much that is “too high” for us. It befits us to accept the present reality. Our peace cannot be based on our understanding; this day of perplexity requires a peace which passes our understanding.

Better to be ignorant than wise in our own conceits. No knowledge is better than false knowledge. When God asked Ezekiel if the dry bones could live again, he gave an answer which God could not fault: “O Lord GOD, thou knowest.” (Ezekiel 37:3) God gave His servant what to prophesy because God knew what He was going to do. We can prophecy with power; we can pray with assurance, when we know what God knows. Until that time we are properly deaf, dumb, and blind.

Blessed are those who are blind until God gives them eyes to see; deaf until given ears to hear; dumb until given a mouth to speak. Don’t be afraid of God-ordained darkness. Pray and commit all things that are hidden from your eyes and understanding into the hands of an all-wise and all-good God. Knowing that He knows, and is at work behind the scenes, will give you a peace which will guard your heart and mind. Accept the fact that there are times when we you are not supposed to know, but trust in your God. He may make things clear for you now; He will definitely make all things crystal clear in the sweet by and by.

“For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.” (Psalm 18:28)


Michael Beck is a pastor in New York City and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.