We have designs

Proverbs 30:1-33: Thus says the man: I am weary, O God, I am weary, O God. How can I prevail?...I have not learned wisdom, nor have I knowledge of the holy ones....Who has gathered the wind in the hollow of the hand? Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth?
 
A jewelry designer asked about the nature of his work said, “My designs are all original--original from someone.” At least he had the humility to admit that he garnered inspiration from others’ work.
 
Because God gave us tremendous powers of intellect and creativity, it’s easy for us to begin to think that we have everything figured out. It’s easy to slip into thinking that all of our ‘designs’ are ours alone, and not something original to someone else.
 
The writer of Proverbs describes a human being who recognizes his own limits in understanding. The man asks, “How can I prevail?” and he goes on to say, “I have not learned wisdom, nor have I knowledge of the holy ones.”
We can explain much of the world with the knowledge we have developed, but we cannot understand or explain the mysteries of the divine. We will never be able to articulate the identity of the one who “has gathered the wind in the hollow of the hand” or “established the ends of the earth.”
 
I hope that I will, today and every day, find more wisdom and knowledge. I hope that I will come up with some form of original idea...
 
...original from someone.
 
Psalms 26, 28; Philippians 3:1-11; John 18:28-38
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