“SO; YOU THINK YOU KNOW IT ALL”
(September 20, 2015 – F. Black)
No, I’m not talking about book knowledge or electronics and computers, etc. I can quickly squelch any hint that we ‘know it all’ by simple questions such as: “How high is up?” or “What is life and can you create it?” But don’t most of us think that in matters of judgment, politics, religion, and morality our thinking is the best, the most accurate, and ‘right’. Come on now; don’t you think this? Of course we wouldn’t have the audacity to state this (after all, our name isn’t Trump). But deep down; don’t we really think so? We (you notice that I keep putting myself into the mix) think our logic is sound, true, and impeccable.
Okay Frank, this sounds rather erudite. “What are you talking about?” I bring this up because we live in the epitome of a “ME generation” – quite narcissistic and outspoken. In our world most everyone thinks ‘they’ have the right and best answer or action. “Everyone needs to conform to me.” NO THEY DON’T! Unfortunately the individual, the solitary complainer, or the outspoken are given center stage in our country. It reminds me of the old adage, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” And to speak against such folks is considered intolerant, bigoted, and not “PC”. And let’s be honest; such a stance in our world does inhibit us – perhaps not in how we live but maybe by speaking in a more guarded way or by limiting how we publicly demonstrate our Christianity.
No matter how “smart” we think we are, it is absolutely impossible to touch the hem of the garment of God’s knowledge and wisdom. Isaiah 40:28 says, “…….His understanding no one can fathom.” Our Bible often speaks of “worldly wisdom” and “divine wisdom”. There is a huge chasm separating the two – the two can NEVER meet. I think all too often in today’s world (whether people claim to be God followers or deny Him totally), people think they know as much as God Himself. I had a thought recently; it was an analogy that had to do with the sheer impossibility of us knowing what God knows.
Just as animals cannot possibly know what humans know (reasoning, creativity, artistic endeavors); humans cannot possibly know what God knows.
What I’ve said is nothing new. You know this. Let me back up a step and remind you that Luke 16:8 says, “…..For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.” (that’s us Christ followers). Also Jesus says in John 16:33, “…..In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” In I John 3:13 we are warned: “Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you.” I Peter 4:4 says, “…….they (the world) heap abuse on you.” More than any time in my life of 73 years, all this seems to be the case. We all need to be prepared for this. Just remember the early history of Christianity with the hatred, discrimination, and persecution. I think we have entered another such era. Believe it and be prepared.
What do we do?
- HOLD FAST TO OUR FAITH
- TRUST GOD’S PROMISES
- RECOGNIZE THAT OUR CHRISTIANITY AND MORAL CHOICES OFTEN GO CONTRARY TO THE WORLD’S POSITION
- PRAY FOR WISDOM IN WHAT TO SAY AND WHEN TO SAY IT; THEN DO IT!!
- HOLD FAST TO BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES OF RIGHT AND WRONG [SIN]
- EXPECT RIDICULE [OR WORSE]
- GAIN STRENGTH THROUGH WORSHIP AND BEING WITH OTHER CHRISTIANS
- PERSEVERE - PERSEVERE - PERSEVERE
- KNOW THAT GOD PROMISES THE END RESULT – CHRISTIANITY WINS !!!
(I’ve written on similar topics before; but I sincerely think they need to be kept in the forefront)