“I don’t get it!”

“Oh, how great are God’s riches an wisdom and knowledge” (Romans 11:33)

Human nature possesses some interesting characteristics.  One of its most fascinating traits is the need to know things, an obsession to find answers to our questions.  That quest for knowledge and understanding makes us all philosophers, theorists, archaeologists, and theologians who absorb more information than at times we can process.  We have a thirst to understand things better.  That is why we strive to further our education.  It is why we dig through the dirt in the middle east.  It is why we have personal assistants like Alexa, Google Home, and Siri to help answer our most absorbing inquiries.

Let me ask you to stop whatever you are doing right now and ask yourself the following questions – “If I could better understand one thing right now, what would it be?  What is that important question that intrigues me?  What is that issue I just cannot seem to comprehend, no matter how hard I try?  What is that question that never seems to get answered for me?  What are the bits and pieces I can’t figure out no matter how hard I try to put the puzzle together?”  What makes you say to yourself – “If only I could understand this or that, I would be happy.” 

Though we search diligently, there will always be many things that will remain a mystery to us.  When our brain is working at full speed, we still will not be able to figure it all out.  Our quest to understand will never be fully satisfied.  Not every itch will be scratched.  No matter how much education we receive, we will never come to a knowledge of everything.  No matter how much we investigate, we will never fully understand.  No matter the questions we throw at Alexa, Google Home, or Siri, they will never be able to answer them all.

The only One who has full and complete knowledge of everything is God.  I John 3:20 tells us that, “God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.”  So, let’s just stop and process that verse for a moment.  Let’s turn up the volume on our common sense and reasoning.  Let’s stir up our gray matter for an instant, and grasp what no personal assistant can – only God knows everything.  Therefore, does it not make perfect sense that if our God has all wisdom and knowledge, and knows everything – if we focus on knowing him better, we will be able to understand the things of heaven and earth a bit better?  That is something no personal assistant will ever be able to do for us.