When we are looking for an answer to a
question, "I donít know" doesnít seem to be very helpful or
satisfactory. However, for a people who are dedicated to "speaking
where the Bible speaks and being silent where the Bible is
silent," sometimes "I donít know," is not only a good answer, but
the Scriptural answer.
Friends, as we attempt to speak the oracles of
God (1 Peter 4:11) we must understand that what we know about the
workings of God is limited to the revelation that God has given us
(Deuteronomy 29:29). Consequently, there may be many questions
that I have, but because God has not revealed the answer, those
questions must be answered with an "I donít know."
Recently many have asked if God caused the
recent tsunami that resulted in over 150,000 deaths. The
Scriptural answer is, "I donít know." I do know that God has, in
the past, used nature to accomplish his purposes (Genesis 6-7).
But the only way I know this is because God told us so. Could God
use nature to accomplish his purpose today? Yes. Is that what he
did with this tsunami? I donít know, and neither does anyone else
for that matter, because we have no revelation from God on the
The point of this article is simply to remind
you that "I donít know" is not necessarily a bad or insufficient
answer. In fact, "I donít know" sometimes is the only truthful and
Scriptural answer, and we need to be content with it. A biblical
"I donít know," is much preferred over an extra-biblical opinion.