Inspired by 1 Samuel 2:1-10
“Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble gird on strength. Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry are fat with spoil.” 1 Samuel 2:3-5a (NRSV)
As time moves ever forward, as years come and go and we as individuals and as a species grow with their passing, our knowledge of how our world works increases. We understand many of the laws of science, and we comprehend cause and effect. We can look at the available information, analyze it, and predict logical outcomes. We use those predictions to plan our own actions, confident that things will always turn out as we expect.
But we do not know as much as we think we do.
The world operates on the assumption that strength and wealth are of paramount importance, and therefore those who possess such attributes are more important than those who don’t. Those who are weak or poor are seen as expendable, perhaps even worthless. But the weak and the poor are beloved children of the Lord’s as well, and even when everything we know tells us that the weak will always be weak and the poor will always be poor, God is able to reverse the fortunes of the lowly and the powerful alike.
We may have eaten from the tree of knowledge, but God created that tree, and all knowledge of good and evil ultimately comes from him. Trust not in your own understanding, but turn instead to the Lord. Consider the world according to his love, and not your own powers of analysis.
Let us pray. God of knowledge, the world operates according to the processes you created for it. Open our eyes to your ways, that we may be humble in our own understanding. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.