We tend to think of our civilization as very advanced; humankind has certainly come a long way. We can cure diseases that were once fatal; we can access all sorts of information instantly via the internet; we can fly any place in the world, and we’ve even reached the moon! There is a temptation to feel that if we don’t know it all yet, we will soon. How far from true that is! Turn to the book of Job. When Job’s life started going down the tubes, he questioned God and His plans. He thought his situation was unfair and God was unjust. Here’s God’s answer:
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements–surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?
On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstones, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst from the womb, when I made clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling band, and prescribed limits for it and set bars and doors, and said, ‘Thus far shall you come and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?
Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place, that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it?
It is changed like clay under the seal, and its features stand out like a garment.
From the wicked their light is withheld, and their uplifted arm is broken.
Have you entered into the springs of the sea, or walked in the recesses of the deep?
Have the gates of death been revealed to you, or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth? Declare if you know all this.” Job 38:4-18
In other words, God is God and we’re not. There are many things about creation, death, and our own lives that we will never understand or know. Real knowledge starts with humility — realizing how little we know, and how much we owe to God.