Knowledge: At some point, we reach the end of knowledge—even in science. At the 2010 TED Conference in Houston, Dr. David Eagleman argued, “When you get to the pier of everything we know in science, we see that beyond it is all unchartered waters, all the stuff that we don’t know, the vast mysteries around us like dark matter and dark energy or … what the fabric of reality is or what life and death are about. These are all things that are beyond the end of the pier in science. What you really learn from life in science is the vastness of our ignorance. 
Vastness: When God decides to answer Job’s complaint, He appears in a whirlwind with a simple message—that Job is not God  and that, unlike God, Job is surrounded by things he doesn’t understand and over which he has no control: “Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? … Will the wild ox consent to serve you? … Do you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with a flowing mane? … Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom and spread its wings toward the south?” 
Gospel: In the gospel, we see the depths of our ignorance and the vastness of God’s glory. When Jesus hung on the cross, his enemies mocked him. Yet they were at the end of their knowledge. They did not understand that he chose to die to redeem his people. Even when Jesus’s body was laid in the tomb, his disciples mourned because they thought their hopes and dreams were dead. They did not know that he would rise again.
Prayer: Lord, As we consider our confusing and discouraging circumstances, we look upon the gospel and see how little we can know of your divine intentions and purposes. Our thoughts are but a breath. We admit with great humility that there is a vastness of knowledge beyond the pier of our understanding. Therefore, we plead with you to increase our faith in you. Let us not judge you with feeble minds, but instead let us remember your promise—that you will not forsake your people or abandon your heritage. Amen.
 David Eagleman. “TED Houston.” June 2010. |  “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.” Job 38:2-3 |  Job 39 (various verses)