“For thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men” (1 Kings 8:39)
We may know what; but God knows why. We look on the outward appearance; God sees the heart. Shame causes man to cover himself from the eyes of his fellowman, but he cannot hide from his Creator. “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” (Heb. 4:13)
So much is beyond our comprehension. We wish we knew why people are as they are. But what would such knowledge do? Solomon wanted to know the reason of things. Why are mad people mad? “I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness.” (Eccl. 7:25) But at the end of his quest, he had to admit: “For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.” (Eccl. 1:18)
We can know exactly why someone acts the way they do and still be unable to help them. But such is not the case with God. He offers more than sympathy, He brings salvation. “Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his” (Dan. 2:20).
When those around us won’t open up to us; when they tell us we don’t or can’t understand – let us tell them that there is Someone who knows them better than they know their own selves – and He alone can save them from self-destruction, if they call upon Him. Wisdom and might are His!