I know that you can do anything,
and no one can stop you.
You asked, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’
It is I–and I was talking about things I knew nothing about,
things far too wonderful for me.
You said, ‘Listen and I will speak!
I have some questions for you,
and you must answer them.’
I had only heard about you before,
but now I have seen you with my own eyes.
I take back everything I said,
and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance. (Job 42:2-6, NLT)
Unless you’re among those who “have seen [God] with [your] own eyes,” you’re among those who’ve “only heard about [God] before.”1 We would do well to readily confess and embrace our ignorance while granting others grace in their ignorance as well.
We’re all in this figuring-out-God thing together, right?
1 I realize, though, that we do have the benefit of the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus promised would “teach us all things” and “guide [us] into all truth” (John 14 and 16). So, we can expect to encounter and understand God in profound ways that surpass Job’s original “I had only heard about you before” experiences.
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great stuff, joel. you said this with such grace. :)