Lately I have noticed that we are becoming a people that want answers. It is even more than that – — we are of the opinion that we are entitled to get the answers that we demand. I am not sure how or when we all got this way. Perhaps it was with the advancement of technology which brings so much information right to our fingertips & before our eyes. Anything we want to know, we can “google” & the answers are before us. As much as that can be a good thing, I wonder if it is more of a hindrance to us than we even realize.
I think we have slowly lost our ability to say this simple phrase, “I. Don’t. Know.”
I am currently reading, Prototype by Jonathan Martin & in his book, he writes:
Sometimes, the sacred thing, the wise thing, the compassionate thing, the best thing, the anointed thing, is simply to shut up. I learned a long time ago that there are some thing in life so dark that if an answer is asked for, the only reply we are able to give is our tears or our presence. Sometimes the best response is in the courage and wisdom to say, “I don’t know,” but then don’t walk away. Some questions are not opportunities; they’re temptations – to play God, to play the expert, to play doctor, to build a platform or reputation.
We tend to equate the words, “I don’t know,” with ignorance. That is a lie. Those words are actually a sign of wisdom. Perhaps even of humility. May we not be tempted to play God as that is the very thing that brought about the fall of Lucifer. May we not be tempted to rest on our intelligence & give answers that only God can give.
Proverbs 10:19 puts it this way for us:
- “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.” (NIV84)
- “Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.” (NLT)
- “The more talk, the less truth; the wise measure their words.” (MSG)
So let’s be a wise people & learn how to say, “I don’t know.”