Blessed Ignorance

Michael Beck

“LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me. Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.” (Psalm 131:1,2)

Men cannot help but search for the reason behind things. So much in life leaves us scratching our head. We itch to know “why.”

Our restless quest to get to the bottom of things can become an unhealthy lifelong obsession. We can torment ourselves with what we don’t know. We can analyze ourselves and others to death. Often the wisest thing to do is to accept our ignorance. It is no sin to say, “I don’t know.”

Ask too many questions and you may come up with a bunch of wrong answers. The devil loves to “fill in the blanks.” Our quest for light can drive us toward darkness. We can finally settle on a falsehood, deceiving ourselves that we see, when we are blinder than ever. Wouldn’t it be better to wait on the Lord, and let Him give us light? Better to be God’s blind servant than to be Satan’s “seer.”

“Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD’S servant?” (Isaiah 42:19)

The Lord calls us to a peace that passes all understanding. Don’t be anxious over anything. Commit all to God in prayer. Expect Him to make everything plain in His time and way. Give your mind a rest.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.