Looking unto Jesus for it is from Him and in Him that we learn to know, not only without danger but also for the well-being of our souls, what it is good for us to know about the world and about ourselves, our sorrows, our dangers, our resources and our victories. When we look to Him, we will see everything in its true light, because it is He who shows us what we need to know at the time and in the proportion in which this knowledge will produce in us the fruits of humility and wisdom, gratitude and courage, watchfulness and prayer. All that it is desirable for us to know the Lord Jesus will teach us; all that we do not learn from Him it is better for us not to know.
For it is from Him and in Him that we learn to know… what it is good for us to know.
A child may inquire of a parent about some mysterious element of life. The parent wisely puts them off, “When you get bigger I’ll explain all of that to you but you don’t need to worry about that now.” A wise child will be satisfied to know that they will know one day. But an unwise child will go to other sources in order to gain that knowledge. They may find someone who will tell them what their curiosity is craving to know. But they learn it out of the context of loving instruction and before they are mature enough to process the information in such a way that is helpful to them. What a shame!
The Lord Jesus will one day reveal all things to us. Now He teaches us in such a way that the information we gain will aid in our maturing in holiness and love. He doesn’t merely satisfy our curiosities or solve our intellectual dilemmas. He teaches us at a pace that keeps us looking to Him. In this way, He filters all our knowledge through His loving presence. He opens our minds to what is best and He asks us to trust Him for the rest until the time is right.
Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him. I Corinthians 8:1b-3
Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. II Timothy 2:14
Can We Pray? Dear God I want to hear your voice teaching me your truth. It is not the facts alone that bless but the voice that speaks them. Let all the knowledge that I gain be poured out to me from your mouth to my ears. Guard me against knowing anything before your time for me. Keep me in this way from that which would puff me up and keep me from the intimacy that comes from being your disciple. In Jesus Name