I have said, “I don’t know” multiple times today to myself, and then I got a call from someone asking for prayer and then asked the question of me, “Why hasn’t by prayer already been answered!” The only answer I had was, “I don’t know”. I remember hearing famed evangelist Kathryn Kuhlman say those words to Johnny Carson when he asked her why it was that everyone was not healed in her services. She followed “I don’t know” by saying, “It’s the very first thing I am going to ask Jesus when I get to heaven!” That stopped Johnny in his tracks, and then she completely disarmed him with her full on radiant smile.
When I read the Bible there are other “I don’t know” times for us to learn from. If you had asked Noah, when instructed by God to build an Ark to save the lives of his family and a pair of every animal on earth, how he was going to do it, I am just about positive he would have answered with, “I don’t know”! However he was willing to do what God had told him to do even though it took one hundred and twenty years to complete it and complete it he did. He built it so well that there is proof that part of that structure built of gopher wood still exists on the side of Mount Ararat.
If you had asked Moses when he was in the back of the desert caring for the sheep of his father-in-law if he would be able to deliver his people from the bondage of the Egyptian Pharaoh, I think he would have scratched his head and maybe said, in my words, “Beats the heck out of me” (translation: I don’t know). Think of the moment when he came to the edge of the Red Sea with millions of people looking to him for leadership, scared and reporting that Pharaoh’s army was just over the hill coming at them full speed. “Hey Moses, how are you going to get all those people across the water?” Then there was the time he hit the rock and the water gushed forth, or walked up onto the mountain, spoke with God and received the commandments written by the finger of God on tablets of stone. “How did that happen Moses?” “I really don’t know!”
I could have asked Daniel how he would keep from being eaten when thrown in to the lion’s den, or how his friends would survive the fire of the furnace after it had been heated seven times hotter than normal.
Let’s skip over to the New Testament and ask Peter how the jail doors were going to open to let him escape and then the iron gates of the city open of their own accord to let him through? I think he would have shaken his head and declared complete ignorance of how he would do it outside of a miracle of God.
There are many examples in the Bible of how people had impossible tasks in front of them yet they were able to do it. They didn’t have to know how; it just took the faith to believe.
Psalm 37: 4-5 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.
How does He do that? I don’t know!