• Becky Cope

Is it BAD to say, "I don't know?"

So what's wrong with just saying, "I don't know"?


There is nothing wrong with not knowing. To just say it and admit "I don't know" is OK, and actually freeing. When we don't have answers or can't figure something out, we can relax and be comfortable with that. I don't know. I don't have the answers. To just say it confidently doesn't mean we lack knowledge. It means we have wisdom through Jesus Christ, and I don't need to know.

By relinquishing the idea that I need to understand everything, I surrender it all to God and lay my trust entirely in Him. This may not sit well with our humanness. We feel as if we need to have all the answers and can feel quickly frustrated and even negative towards ourselves when we don't.


God's Word says it differently:


"Stop deceiving yourselves. If you think you are wise by this world's standards, you need to become a fool to be truly wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, "He traps the wise in the snare of their own cleverness." And again, "The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise; he knows they are worthless. " 1 Corinthians 3:18-20 NLT


So even if we could get everything figured out and worked through, making us feel wise and worldly by doing so, it's worth nothing to God. He would rather have us totally dependent on him. The wisdom of this world is meaningless in the eyes of God. He desires that my mind would be in full unity with His. I need to let go, and he promises to fill me with His wisdom and all the understanding I need for each day. I believe that's what God has been teaching me these last months. With so much going on that is not explainable, and completely out of control, God is stretching us. He wants His people to be comfortable with not knowing. To trustingly say, I don't know, but I trust The One that does. I'm just waiting and trusting, believing, and surrendering as I learn to live a submitted life through Jesus Christ. How about you today are you OK with I don't know?

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