Don’t know if you’ve ever had to deal with the issue of denial of access to information you’d really like to have. You didn’t have the right “security clearance” or someone in authority determined that it was privileged information and only for a designated few. Perhaps it was your parents who withheld sensitive information from you when you were growing up… Or it might have been someone else. It can be frustrating!
On the other hand, we operate just fine in our daily lives, without some information! I’m using this computer today to post something that I believe to be helpful… Yet I don’t know the “in’s-and-out’s” of “computer language” or all the intricacies of software, apps or computer hardware… I know a little – I’m an informed user – but I probably just “know enough to be dangerous.” I’m ok with that… I’ll depend on the tech gurus and specialists and use the “user friendly” side of some very technical stuff.
And when it comes to some “thorny theological issues” I’ll take the same approach! In fact, I read this helpful passage today in the Bible during my time of “coffee with the Lord” on that issue…
“The secret things belong to the Lord, our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” (Deuteronomy 29:29 ESV) …Words spoken from God, through Moses, to God’s people Israel as they were about to enter the Promised Land.
I’m so grateful for the things God has clearly revealed to us in the Bible! … Here’s my conviction (I’ve had my Bible study students write it in the flyleaf of every Bible they own down through my years of teaching) – “This book is my all sufficient guide for faith (i.e. my relationship with God) and daily living!”
Now I’m the first to admit there are a lot of things I don’t know Biblically and beyond my comprehension theologically – “secret things,” things of mystery, “ineffable” things (look it up). But there are a host of things I do understand… Things that God has clearly revealed! And in the words of the late Billy Graham, “It’s not what I don’t understand that bothers me – it’s what I do understand!”
Now that’s not an excuse for intellectual laziness or sloppy, ad hoc, theologizing! I believe God calls us to study, and reflection, and clear thinking about what He has revealed! But on the other hand, the God I serve is infinite, and there is much about Him that is “ineffable” (there’s that word again!). But I am convinced Apostle Peter’s inspired revelation is true: “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who has called us to His own glory and excellence.” (2 Peter 1:3)
I’m ok with that! I’ll seek, and search, and study, and depend on the Holy Spirit to reveal and illuminate what God has revealed… But when my understanding just “hits a wall” and I experience one of those “ineffable” things, I’ll trust the Lord, depend on His character, and await a full understanding of what He wants me to know on the other side, where “I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)