Proverbs 30:1-5

What Do I Know?

Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Proverbs 30:5

Have you ever felt like Augur who said, “Surely I am only a brute, not a man; I do not have human understanding. I have not learned wisdom, nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One” (Proverbs 30:2-3). We might say, “What do I know? I’m so stupid.” or “The more I know, the more I know I don’t know—especially as relates to God.”

Augur continued, “Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Whose hands have gathered up the wind? Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is the name of his son? Surely you know!” (v. 4).

Augur concluded, “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him” (Proverbs 30:5). In other words, he trusted God’s promises even if he didn’t understand them.

Augur’s words are not what you’d expect to see at the beginning of a proverb, a “wise saying.” But isn’t it a sign of wisdom to accept that your knowledge is limited, especially when you try to learn about God?

But what do we know about God?

We know a great deal more about God than Augur did. We know that God fulfilled many of his promises through his son. We know the name of God’s son: Jesus Christ. He’s the one who came from heaven (John 3:13). At his command, the wind and waves were stilled (Luke 8:22-25). He walked on the water as if it was a footpath (John 6:19-21).

We’re not alone if we feel stupid when we try to understand God! Admitting that our knowledge is limited is a beginning.

Trust his promises. God wants to reveal himself to you through his Word and the Living Word, the Son.


Compare Augur’s words and the questions God asked in Job 38:1-41. How did Job respond (Job 42:1-6)?

Read what Jesus said about seeing the Father when we see the Son in John 14:6-13. What does the life of Jesus reveal to you about God the Father?

Read Hebrews 1:1-12. What questions do you have about who God is? How is the son an exact representation of God?

Nancy J. Baker

This devotion is part of a series on the Book of Proverbs.

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