Our Understanding Is Limited
Read Job Chapter 28
Job 28:12 “But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell? 13 Man does not comprehend its worth; it cannot be found in the land of the living.
Job 28:20 “Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell? 21 It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing, concealed even from the birds of the air.
Job 28:28 And He said to man, ‘The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.’ ”
Every man and woman, over the course of their lifetimes, has sought out the answer to the question, “What is the meaning of life?” Over the past two centuries, and even before that, man has searched for the answer to that question. Many books have been written by many philosophers and theologians. Very few of them have come up with a definitive answer. If a man read every book that has ever been written (other than the bible), and was able to comprehend every sentence therein, he would more likely be confused than have the right answer. There is good reason for that. Intelligence, wisdom, and understanding cannot be found within the limited brain of any man, nor from any book written by man.
Is there a man or woman anywhere in the course of human history who was or is as smart as God? Is any man capable of figuring it all out, sorting out all the facts and figures and coming to an irrefutable conclusion? Not only do I think not, I absolutely know that there is not such a man on earth nor has there ever been one (except Jesus). Why does mankind continue to search for that one wise human who can answer all questions? Why do we search for someone who does not exist and totally ignore the true Someone who does exist?
There is only one God and one Creator of all things, who has the answer to all knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. Man cannot get into the far reaching corners of the mind of God except through Holy Spirit revelation and through His written word. In our entire lifetimes, we come to understand only a tiny portion of the greatness and knowledge of our Lord.
So many men try to reason their way into understanding life and its meaning instead of believing what God says about it. We cannot reason our way into Truth. Within God and His word we can find every bit of knowledge and wisdom that is available to mankind (as it relates to the meaning of life). Any purpose for life and living which conflicts with His revelation is at best a piece of foolish notion, born and raised within the mind of finite man.
When we look outside of God’s word to find our answers, we are in effect saying to God, “Your word is not enough. You are not enough. I must find meaning somewhere else.” How foolish is that kind of attitude? I don’t have to answer that question for you. The solution to our dilemma is a simple one. We must trust in God and Him alone for our life’s answers. That is called “faith.”
If we could find truth outside of God, we wouldn’t need Him. Why does man have such difficulty resting in simple trust in God and His word? Here are a few possible answers.
1. It seems that man has looked into the Truth and did not like what he saw. He wants different answers.
2. Man has come to the conclusion that there is no God, or that if there is, He is on man’s intelligence level.
3. Some men seem to be incapable of the simple act of faith. They have a compulsive desire to understand everything.
4. Finally, perhaps the most compelling reason: man doesn’t like the idea that there is Someone smarter than himself.
Ge 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ” 4 “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Satan’s first temptation to man was, “If you do what I say, you will be like God.” That was, of course, a lie.
Prayer: Lord, give us all the ability to simply trust and obey, and find all our wisdom, understanding, and knowledge within the perimeters of You and Your revelation.