A Need-to-Know Basis


The next morning a group of Jews got together and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul.
-Acts 23:12

There was something Paul didn’t know as he sat in prison in Jerusalem. More than forty men had taken an oath to not or eat or drink until they had killed Paul. Now, that is what you don’t want—a bunch of hungry men chasing you. Don’t ever deprive a man of food for too long.

Sometimes ignorance is bliss. Aren’t you glad that you don’t know everything? I am. I am glad that I don’t know the things God knows. Jesus would often blow the cover of the religious leaders and confront them about what they were thinking. He is God, and Jesus knew what was in their hearts.

Sometimes it is good that we don’t know what is coming, that we don’t know what is around the corner. We don’t know what kind of threats are aimed at us right now or even what is happening in the supernatural world. All kinds of things are going on that we have no clue about. But God is at work. God reveals to us as much as we need to know, when we need to know it—not necessarily more and certainly not less.

In the military they have a term they use for sensitive information: need to know. They will say, “This is on a need-to-know basis.” In the same way, if you need to know something, God will tell you. If you don’t, then He won’t.

C. H. Spurgeon said, “The Lord knows your troubles before they come to you; he anticipates them by his tender foresight.”

If you are feeling lonely, if you are feeling hurt, if you are feeling betrayed or abandoned, or if you are feeling physical pain, know that Christ has been there. And He knows what is ahead of you as well.


TODAY’S READING: Job 31-32; Galatians 5-6

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Used by permission from Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie, PO Box 4000, Riverside, CA 92514.


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