“I don’t know.” Those are three words I don’t like to say.
Silence is awkward, and ignorance is embarrassing. I want to have an answer. So I give one whether I have one or not. I form an opinion on the spot, if need be.
I want to come across as knowledgeable and prepared. If I don’t respond, someone may think I haven’t studied my Bible or that I’m not sure about where I stand or what I believe. They’ll think I don’t know.
May I be honest for a second?
I don’t know.
I don’t know what God is saying to me in every passage.
I don’t know what my response should be.
I don’t know where Laodicea was. Or why Ruth chose to go with Naomi. Or how the battles flow chronologically. Or which relatives belong to whom.
I don’t know three points of application after the first read. Or the fifteenth.
I don’t know why the New Testament quotes and applies the Old Testament in the way that it does.
I don’t know the biblical answer for every contemporary issue Christians face.
I don’t know what Paul’s thorn in the flesh was.
I don’t know who is speaking, when, where, how, or why.
I don’t know if it means A, B, or C.
I don’t know my Bible inside and out.
I don’t know everything there is to know.
That’s good. It means I still live on this earth.
But while I’m waiting for my Home of Perfection, I’m adopting a new plan of action.
When I know? Make sure I know how I know and why I know.
When I think I know? Think again.
When I don’t know? Just say it:
“I don’t know.”
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2 thoughts on “I don’t know”
I can definitely relate to this. Especially when I get questions from people who aren’t christian. I immediately worry that now I don’t have any credibility. But what you said is right, we’re still people on this earth and if we don’t know the ins and outs of all things it’s ok. It doesn’t mean we aren’t Christians. What’s important is that we keep striving to learn more and more about God. He just wants us to seek Him.
Thanks for sharing. The main thing for me has been to realize that I don’t know even as much as I think I know. So I need to hesitate before I say, “I know the answer!”