Forgive | Devotion #5: Knowing Not What We Do
Max Sinclair | Guest Services & Young Adults Director
My biggest pet peeve is “know-it-alls.” I know that is a shocker, from the guy who most people would say is one. I just hate the idea of someone always commenting after something someone else has said just to be the smartest person in the room. It becomes even more fun when you discover that the supposed know-it-all actually does not know anything about the subject at all. When stationed out in Whidbey Island Washington, there was this guy who was just that. He always had a point to prove and always wanted to play the “I am smarter than you because I use big words card.” While debating on a social issue I watched as this guy plummeted out of the sky into smoking wreckage of incoherent nonsense, I felt that I had won. Score one for me. However, did I really win at all?
I had no idea how my argument would shape out. I had no idea what damage I caused our relationship. I had no idea that what I was doing was not helping him to see Jesus.
That is a big problem. We do things and not realize how other people are affected by it. This is a product of our selfish desire. We see something, we want that, and we do not care about who else this will affect. A great biblical example of this is found in 2 Samuel chapter 11. Here we see that King David is now king of all of Israel. One day when he was at home he looked out and saw a woman bathing, not caring that she was married. He then slept with her. Being that is how children are made, it came as a surprise when he found out that she was pregnant. Through trickery and deception, he then had her husband killed so that he and others would not find out about David’s sin.
Do you see the humor in this? We do this all the time: we cut people off, we take the last cookie in the office, we get mad that our wife wants a mini-van instead of the totally impractical SUV that we want, all because we are selfish. Now am I the least selfish person? By heaven sakes no, but I see just how truly depraved we are when Jesus shouts from the Cross, “Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34 CSB). We have no idea what we are doing, but the whole time we pretend. We try to come up with systems, governments, programs, and procedures that give us control.
Once we submit ourselves to Christ, there is no more of us doing what we want. What we do is for Him and His Kingdom. Yes, we do not know what we are doing at that point either, but we have given it to Almighty God, and I think He knows what He is doing.