It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by His own authority. But . . . you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:7–8
There is a limit to what we can know about God. The disciples wanted Jesus to tell them about God’s eternal plans, but Jesus said those plans were known only to God. The cosmos is too vast, time too expansive, and the workings of creation far too mysterious for us to grasp. Our call is not to know but to witness to our experiences of God. You can stand in awe of creation even if you can’t fully understand it. Our lives can’t always revolve around what we know; oftentimes we have to set our course based on what we believe. While ignorance may be one of the great evils at work in the world, dismissing the holy mysteries of creation might be equally unwise. Life without reverence for the unknown is careless and foolish. Jesus tempered our insatiable thirst for knowledge, encouraging us instead toward a holy awe for the divine mysteries of God. You don’t have to be able to explain the beauty of the world; you just have to be able to appreciate it and celebrate it by sharing your experiences with others.
How have you experienced the awesome nature of God?
Lord God, absolute knowledge of You and Your creation is beyond our grasp. Every new scientific discovery seems to saddle us with a slew of additional unanswered questions. There is so much we do not know. Perhaps knowledge is too much for us to expect in this life. Maybe serving as witnesses to Your presence in the world is our true calling. In Jesus’ name, I pray. AMEN.