Have you ever thought you knew something, only to find out (to your amazement, shame and shock) that you were completely wrong?
Some will play a charade because of pride, no doubt, pretending as if they are right, knowing all the time they are wrong. They are not willing to humbly admit to their ignorance (lack of knowledge) concerning that particular subject.
I saw a billboard once that had such a thought-provoking comment, that I have never forgotten it, and I often ponder on what it said when I’m having one of those "I already know" moments.
It read, "A wise man accepts correction because he realizes it increases his knowledge, but a fool rejects it, because he feels that he already knows everything."
My brothers and sisters, there is nothing wrong with saying, "I don’t know" and then asking and (here’s the key) allowing someone who has the correct answer to help you.
I’m reminded of a man in the Bible by the name of Nicodemus. He was a teacher of the scriptures and belonged to a popular group of strict Jews called Pharisees. Since he was a teacher of the scriptures, naturally it was assumed that he knew and understood the scriptures. Upon meeting and hearing Jesus teach the scriptures, Nicodemus knew that he was void of complete understanding concerning the word of God.
John 3:3-4 Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God."
4 "What do you mean?" exclaimed Nicodemus. "How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?"
9-10 "How are these things possible?" Nicodemus asked. 10 Jesus replied, "You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things?
The scriptures tell us that this man came at night to talk to Jesus and ask Him questions. Some may judge him harshly because of that, but I say, "at least he came."
The teaching he received concerning being born again through baptism and receiving the Holy Spirit changed his life and saved his eternal soul. We see later that Nicodemus, along with Joseph of Arimathaea (who also followed Jesus secretly), were given possession of Jesus’ body after His death, and they both washed and buried Him. What a high honor God bestowed upon them both because of their ability to humble themselves and admit that they needed more understanding of the scriptures.
So we see that we can’t allow pride to keep us from saying "I don’t know" and accepting counsel and help from someone who does know. Admitting that we don’t know everything can be a life-changing experience. It will certainly strengthen our character and bring us into a closer relationship with Christ.
God loves a humble heart.