When Ignorance is Good

Educators sometimes joke that they’re “stamping out ignorance.”

Is ignorance always bad?

Ignorance of the future humbles us in knowing we can carry out our plans only “if the Lord wills” (James 4:14).

If we knew when Jesus was coming, the temptation to procrastinate obedience would be intense. “Therefore be on the alert,” Jesus said, “for you do not know which day your Lord is coming” (v. 42).

When God commanded Abraham to sacrifice Isaac (Genesis 22), God stopped him at the last moment. For it to be a real test of his faith, Abraham had to be ignorant of the outcome.

Learning to trust

When we endure trials, we don’t know how it will turn out. Our obligation is to obey—trusting God for the outcome.

In such cases, ignorance may not be bliss, but it is best.  

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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