September 6, 2021

Know-It-All

Both we and our ancestors have sinned; we have committed iniquity, have done wickedly.
Psalm 106:6
What English-speakers call a know-it-all, Germans call a Besserwisser. The literal translation of this word is better-knower, which (to my ears at least) doesn't sound as bad as a know-it-all. But maybe to a non-English-speaker, a know-it-all doesn't sound all that bad. God knows it all—that's what omniscient means, after all. And God certainly knows better... better than any of us mortals.

Because of this, when God has an answer to our problems or complaints, we should pay attention. When we are discouraged, God gives us hope. When we are sick, God offers healing. And even our own wickedness will not have the last word: When we sin, God promises forgiveness—not a weak wishy-washy forgiveness that might quickly be forgotten, but one founded on the sacrifice of God's Son on the cross.

He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.
 Titus 2:14
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Eternal God, help me to entrust the past to your mercy, the present to your love, and the future to your wisdom.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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