Knowing That I Don’t Know

If you’ve been reading my posts, you know that I’m coming to a deeper understanding of God’s grace and its role in our lives. Setting grace aside for a minute, what’s interesting me today is this phenomenon of “understanding” something, and then realizing, as my understanding shifts, that I didn’t really understand to begin with. What does that say about what I know now?

Perhaps you’ve experienced this too. Those of you who are a little bit older can reflect on your life experiences. Maybe yours is like mine. When I was 20, I though I knew everything. At age 40, I realized that I was an idiot back at 20. Now, I’m not too enamored of my wisdom back at 40 either. I’m still figuring things out.

The more I learn of man, God and life, the more of a mystery many things become. Who really understands quantum physics and subatomic particles anyway? And if our macro world, of things we can see and touch, is built on that mysterious foundation, how can we really understand the tangible? Can one understand multiplication without understanding addition? Frankly, it seems to me that physical reality is as much of a mystery as is spiritual reality.

The world may be a mystery, but it is real, and we have real choices to make and real actions to take. Naturally, we choose and act based on what we “know,” our current understanding of reality. Sometimes we’re going to get it wrong. Our understanding isn’t right, or even if directionally right; it’s not deep enough. That’s where I’ve been with grace. Likely, I’m still there, just at a deeper level.

This isn’t the first time I’ve had this experience and it won’t be the last. Thus I’m trying to hold many of my beliefs, or understandings, about life lightly. I’m trying to be prepared for new learning or revelation, and to be able to change my opinions. And so I keep reading, studying, listening, talking and thinking about the issues of importance to me. Progress not perfection.

The good news is that I don’t have to be perfect. There is one who has perfect knowledge and perfect understanding, and I can rely on him in all things. He is “for” me! God is “pro Pete.” And if God is for me, who can be against me? He can be “pro (your name here)” too. Let’s enjoy the gift of his grace together. As always, let me know if I can help.


The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10



  1. Hi Dr. Weiss,
    This was forwarded to me by someone who used to work for MIMA who is now a HF employee.
    I think your discussion of a personal grace awakening is spot on. Thank you for the encouragement.

    • Peter Weiss says:

      Hi Steve and welcome to the blog. You’re welcome for the encouragement – we could all use more of that – and thank you for your kind comments. I’m sure I have more awakening to come, but I’m enjoying what I have been given so far.