Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said, "Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?"(Job 38:1, 20)
It has been a difficult and challenging year for many of us. Like Job, when difficult and challenging days come, we too often lean upon our own limited understanding or seek counsel from others who also have limited understanding and real knowledge.
Some of you are old enough to remember the humorist Will Rogers who once said, "Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance is the death of knowledge. Everyone is ignorant, only on different subjects." Not accepting that you might not know as much as you think you do or seeking counsel from others who are also self-deluded (i.e. ignorant), is the leading cause of bad decisions; Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)
The ultimate source of understanding, real knowledge and wisdom comes from God and His word; The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and knowledge. (Proverbs 1:7) If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5)
By the way, Will Rogers also once said, "Last year we said things can't go on like this, and we were right, they didn't, they got worse."