In school, kids who didn’t want to study accused me of being “too smart for my own good.” Was that even possible? I thought the greatest dangers in life came from not knowing what we don’t know that we don’t know.
In the midst of the storm, the disciples feared for their lives because they didn’t know their security was present with them, sleeping in the back of the boat (Mark 4:35–41). After three years teaching the disciples, Jesus said, “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot handle it right now” (John 16:2). In writing to Christians in Corinth, the apostle Paul said, “I can’t give you the meat of God’s word, because you’re like babies still, only able to handle the milk (1 Corinthians 3:2). They didn’t know what they didn’t know.
What’s the solution?
Read more scripture, perhaps. Pray more. While those practices can be good, I can’t get around the fact that the Pharisees did that, yet they didn’t recognize who Jesus was (John 5:39), claiming that his miracle-working power came from the devil (Mark 3:22).
I’m thinking the answer to my ignorance is found through a relationship with God, not a religious routine. When my heart reaches out to Christ, his Spirit comes to guide me into the truth that I don’t know that I don’t know.
But when the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own authority but will say only what he hears. He will reveal to you things to come. — John 16:13

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