Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
The Holy Bible : Today’s New International Version. 2005 (Pr 3:5–6). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
One of the greatest dangers in seeking wisdom–or in any human pursuit–is unwarranted arrogance. Instead, we must depend upon God, who alone knows it all. Because he knows it all and because he loves us, we can confidently trust him to take care of things, even when our own understanding of things is, at best, incomplete and all too often, confused and wrong. As Benjamin Franklin once pointed out, as he was granting his approval to the Constitution, even though there were aspects of the document with which he disagreed: “For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise. It is therefore that the older I grow, the more apt I am to doubt my own judgment, and to pay more respect to the judgment of others. Most men, indeed as well as most sects in religion think themselves in possession of all truth, and that wherever others differ from them it is so far error…But though many private person think almost as highly of their own infallibility as of that of their sect, few express it so naturally as a certain French lady, who in a dispute with her sister, said, ‘I don’t know how it happens, Sister, but I meet with nobody but myself, that’s always in the right’–Il n’y a que moi qui a toujours raison. In these sentiments, Sir, I agree to this Constitution with all its faults, if they are such.” (as reported on page 255 of Catherine Drinker Bowen’s, Miracle at Philadelphia, 1966