Daily Bible Podcast Day 059 – Numbers 24-27, 1 Corinthians 13

December 29, 2012 in Podcasts by Nathan


” For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13:9-12

What we know and understand now is only a part of what we will understand when we are made complete. The comparison is made to thinking like a child. Compared to the understanding we will have someday, our current reasoning is childlike.

On a superficial level, there are things I am curious about, like the timeframe of the Genesis creation account. Is it six literal days or millions of years or somehow both? I wonder about what the universe is like. More importantly, there are often things that I don’t understand about God, man, suffering, and the nature of the human experience. This passage tells us that our knowledge and love will be made complete one day. For now, it is important not to assume that human understanding or logic is necessarily capable of grasping every topic, even if I think I have a good idea about something.

Father, help me to be humble while my reasoning is still “childish”. I want to always be moving toward greater understanding of You and Your creation, but I know I will never attain complete knowledge until You and I are face-to-face. Allow me to know You better and better and see what little I am capable of seeing in this life.

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