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Father Knows Best

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In the latter half of the 1950s, there was a television program called “Father Knows Best.” It was “squeaky clean” and wholesome compared to most of today’s programming. The father, named Jim Anderson, portrayed knowledge and thoughtful wisdom in advising and guiding his family.

Some of the greatest minds in science seek to understand the marvelous things God has made. I enjoy reading about scientific efforts to understand sub-atomic particles, light, gravity, energy, dark matter, and the universe. Scientists seek to develop a comprehensive theory harmonizing general relativity with quantum theory, but they always conclude that no theory works for everything! All fall short. I am left admiring the incredible complexities only our Father understands!

The Apostle Paul made interesting statements in Ephesians, 3:8–19. He speaks of the “unsearchable riches of Christ” and the “mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ.” Yes, Christ created all the scientific wonders. But, why was it hidden? Because, from the very beginning, mankind rejected God, wanting to figure things out on our own and deceived into thinking we could live a better way (Genesis 3:1–6). So, here we are, still stumbling vainly around, without the answers. There is no shortage of enrollments in the proverbial “School of Hard Knocks.”

If only mankind would be humble and go to the One with the answers. Then we might begin to comprehend the endless width, length and depth of His thoughts. The more we study God’s word, the more we can appreciate God’s wisdom. No wonder Paul bowed his knees to the Father and Jesus Christ!

There are many statements in the Bible where humble servants of God acknowledge the vastness of God’s mind. For instance, in the Book of Job, Eliphaz, one of Job’s friends, says of God: “[God] does great things, and unsearchable, marvelous things without number” (Job 5:9).

The prophet Isaiah contrasts God’s greatness with man’s smallness and weakness. He asks, “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, measured heaven with a span, and calculated the dust of the earth in a measure? Weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance? … Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in… ‘To whom then will you liken Me, or to whom shall I be equal?’ says the Holy One… The Creator of the ends of the earth neither faints nor is weary. There is no searching of His understanding” (Isaiah 40:12, 25, 28, King James Version).

David acknowledged the greatness of God, saying: “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable” (Psalm 145:3).

The Apostle Paul said, “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor?” (Romans 11:33–34). Paul was paraphrasing statements made by Isaiah and Jeremiah. And in 1 Corinthians 2:9–10, Paul quotes Isaiah 64:4: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” Paul continues, “But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.”

Humans do not think the way God thinks. But, if we humble ourselves and seek His guidance, we can grow in understanding of things that are far more important than theoretical physics and the detailed workings of all things big and small.

God is the greatest Father of all, with vast knowledge, infinite understanding and wisdom deep and unsearchable, beyond all human comprehension. Our Father knows best. Get our free booklet The Real God: Proofs and Promisesand if you haven’t yet, subscribe to the Tomorrow’s World magazine, free of charge, for articles like “Home, Sweet (Cosmic) Home.