What You Don’t Know

Jun 25, 2023

What you don’t know CAN hurt you.

I have just come through a serious respiratory illness that suddenly appeared without warning. After several months, I was getting worse and worse, and not only did my symptoms get so severe that I was struggling to breathe, the doctors could not even diagnose my problem. It seemed an unknown “enemy” was trying to kill me. (The nerve!!) They finally put me on a heavy steroid regimen to treat and reverse the symptoms … and it worked! In just a month, I was virtually symptom-free. I FELT great! No more coughing, no shortness of breath … no more problem! “I’m WELL!!!” … I thought.

The problem was that my apparent (lack of) symptoms didn’t tell the whole story. Though I FELT well, the doctor could see the TRUTH beyond my “feelings”. He said, “I’m glad you FEEL better! But, the fact is, you’re still sick.” Sure enough, though the steroids had “cured” the symptoms, tests showed that there was still serious inflammation in my lungs. What I FELT fooled me.

The point I’m making here is that feelings alone can relate a “false truth”. If I went just by how I “felt,” I would not see or understand the bigger picture: the TRUTH.

We can make the same mistake with our spiritual health. We may know that we’ve obeyed the Scriptures and we ARE saved, but perhaps we don’t FEEL saved. Or, on the other hand, we may suspect that we’ve sinned, but we don’t FEEL like we’ve done anything really “wrong.” We think, “Maybe what I did wasn’t really ‘sin.’ After all, I haven’t been struck by lightning! Surely God, in this case, understood the circumstances and gave me a pass!”

TRUTH: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (But … ) If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (1 John 1:9-10. KJV)

Or, perhaps, we have wish-prayed for a particular answer to our need, and we FEEL we have not yet seen what we’re looking for. We’ve asked—well, begged—God for a miracle, but, we don’t FEEL that he has even heard us. We FEEL nothing. However, what we FEEL does not indicate what is TRUE.

There’s a much bigger picture to life than what we can see or perceive … or FEEL. Our life is eternal, and its extremity spreads far beyond the small half-acre that we can sense around us during our short time on earth. In fact, there’s far less seen that what is unseen, and there’s immeasurably more of what we don’t know than of what we do. Out beyond all that we can see or know … is GOD.

The fact is: we don’t even know what we don’t know. Selah. But, God KNOWS it ALL—and here’s the amazing thing: we CAN know HIM!

When we feel invisible, GOD sees us. When we feel misunderstood, GOD understands us. When we feel nameless, obscure and insignificant, GOD knows us, He knows our name, and He knows our need. When we don’t feel He’s heard us, He HAS! He’s already working, and He has resources that we don’t know anything about. When we look at our prospects and say, “There’s just NO WAY,” Jesus says, “I AM … THE WAY! Trust ME.”

Our life on earth is but one short musical measure in the timeless symphony that God is orchestrating! Like the tip of the proverbial iceberg, what He KNOWS is immeasurably bigger than what we FEEL or comprehend at our “SEE level.” What we don’t know CAN hurt us, yes, but there is nothing unknown to God. If we KNOW HIM—if our trust is in HIM—if we are fully enveloped in HIM—that is truly enough to cover whatever we don’t FEEL or KNOW!

“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33. NKJV)

Prayer: Dear LORD, I will not fret! Rather, I will focus on YOU—the One who KNOWS my past, present, and future. Even if I don’t know or understand everything, THIS I KNOW: YOU DO! Your Word declares: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” (Isaiah 26:3 KJV)