It’s not just the fear of the unknown. It’s the lust to know everything: every detail, every reason, every outcome. It’s the discontent that something exists or happens without my complete understanding of how it got there or where it’s going.
It’s why we read, why we observe and why we learn. We soon realize that we cannot be experts in all fields, but we want to master the ones we’re in or that interest us.
It’s also why we question and doubt. It’s why we gossip and judge. We simply cannot be left on the outside. We have to know not only our business, but everyone else’s, too.
School House Rock use to tell us that “Knowledge is power!” That must mean that the lack of knowledge is weakness, right?
God doesn’t tell us everything there is to know, but He does tell us everything we need to know. He doesn’t tell us what He was doing before He created the universe, nor does He explain what happened to the dinosaurs. He doesn’t answer every “why?” or “how?” and He doesn’t let on the intricate details of what’s coming next.
He does tell us His prime motive for everything He has done and said: love. He loves to create and He loves His creation, so much so that it breaks His heart when any part of His creative loving work turns away from Him. So He loves even more, and redeems every creature and the creation, paying their price with His blood.
When His Spirit pours on the grace that inspires a living faith in the heart of the one He loves, then the mysteries and masteries of understanding and intellect fade into the background. We can live with the gaps in our knowledge, because we know Jesus stands in those gaps.
Faith is not the cognitive assertion of what has been observed or proven. Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do NOT see (Hebrews 11:1). If my certainty is wobbling, it’s not that I need more head knowledge. I simply need more heart trust. I need the reassurance of the Word that He gets it and He’s got it, even if I don’t. I need more Jesus.
So I don’t need to know everything. I can’t make all of life fit together logically and rationally. I will never fully comprehend God or the world. I don’t know all that.
I just want to know Jesus. The rest is trivia.