Does God Limit His Knowledge – Part 2

After thinking about this, I realize I didn’t quite cover the subject I intended to in my first post, so we will give it another try.

Let me say first, the title is a little misleading.  It actually means, “Does God Limit His Knowledge When Dealing With Us?”  In other words, does God intentionally limit how He deals with us concerning knowledge?  Of course, the answer is Yes, He does.  Why?  For our own benefit.  We would not be able to understand, comprehend, or be able to deal with all the knowledge God has.  He limits His dealings with us to those things that are necessary for us to complete our mission.  In the military we had a term for that very thing – “Need to know”.  We only discussed classified information on a ‘need to know’ basis.  If you didn’t need to know something, and even if you had sufficient clearance, it was not discussed.

When Jesus was having one of his last conversations with His disciples, after the resurrection, He was asked if the ‘kingdom’ would now be restored to Israel?  They earnestly wanted to know if Israel would at last be free from Roman domination.  Jesus answered them, that it was not for them to know the times and seasons that the Father had placed under His own control.  In other words, “You don’t need to know”.

I remember a few years ago I was praying on a continual basis, “God please explain how things work to me.”  For a long time no answer, but I kept praying the same prayer, as I wanted to know.  Finally, I did get a reply, but not the one I expected, “If I told you, you wouldn’t understand.”  I think the meaning is pretty clear.  God’s plans and thoughts are higher than ours.  So high, you wouldn’t understand them, even if He explained them to you.

The things that are necessary for you to know about God are revealed to us in His Word.  God can give special revelation or information, but nothing that would contradict His own Word, and nothing that could be added to, or subtracted from, His Word.  There are many people who have a ‘special’ word from God, that no one else has.  I’m somewhat skeptical of such things.  While God can give messages to preachers and teachers, there is no person who has a ‘lock’ on knowledge of God or His plans.  There is no other mediator between God and man.  There is no special messenger who reveals secrets about God.

Well, I still haven’t explained what I wanted to, so there must be a Part 3 in the making.

One Response to “Does God Limit His Knowledge – Part 2”

  1. Barbara L. McGuire Says:

    I’m glad the Lord doesn’t reveal everything to us at once. Sometimes I still have a hard time just handling the day-to-day routine of things!! 🙂 The most important thing I need to remember is that He is working a plan for our good. That sums it up! Great 2nd part! Blessings….

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