The Blessing of I Don’t Know: July 23, 2019 Email

Good Evening Ladies!

Summer just keeps moving along.

As Fall approaches, I have so much to remember. All of the information floating around in my head and I always feel like there is information I am missing. Just part of being Mom/etc. I guess. Sometimes I feel like I need to have all of the answers. It leaves me kinda stressed, to be completely honest.

But have you ever met someone who “knows it all”?

Say, for a completely random example, a 7 year old telling you all about how to cook. After a minute, it’s cute, but then….The voice in the back of your head will begin to whisper “Tell him he doesn’t know everything and that’s ok”. Then you will answer your little voice “How do I do that without making him feel really bad about himself?” This will go on and on for a short while until you come up with the standard: “That is wonderful honey! Now go watch cartoons.”

Knowing everything (so to speak) is stressful for the knower and kind of annoying for everyone around them. 

But what about God’s word?

Aren’t we supposed to read it and know exactly what it means and have the answer for everyone who asks?

Well, yes and no.

You should read. You should examine and learn. We are called to have answers for those who need them (1 Peter 3:15). But knowing everything is no way to go into a Bible Study. It is no way to learn.

When you open up your Bible, if you go in with the spirit currently held by my 7 year old, pretty sure that you have this thing down pat and need absolutely no new information, you will come away with none of the answers you (or anyone else) need.

So, experiment with me.

Open your Bible with the freedom of “I don’t know”. 

When you read a particularly troubling or difficult passage – turn to your Teacher, your Heavenly Father, and say “I don’t know”. When you read a passage you have read a thousand times – turn to your Teacher, your Heavenly Father, and have the grace to admit “I don’t know”.

This frees us up to listen to what God’s word says or to learn about who God is without the confusing blockades of our own “knowledge” of what should be the case. It frees us up search for more without feeling inferior or wrong for not knowing everything about it up front. Most importantly, it frees us up to hear our Teacher when He is Teaching.

The Wisdom sharer of Proverbs 3:5-8 says

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.”

Love you all,

Good night,


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