Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Against Knowledge.

"You will not die. You will be like God, knowing good and evil." (Genesis 3:2)

Those words reverberate down the millennia, don't they? They lie behind every action man undertakes without God's sanction. Our naturally rebellious nature tells us to take action with or without God's approval. Without God, we feel that we need to be like God. We seek to know. To know about things, even about God, but it isn't the knowledge OF God, but only about Him. The words comfort our natural mind, which, of course, doesn't want death. We want to be like God, but we want to go about it the short-cut way. Unfortunately, the short-cut way IS the way of death.

We can know all about Him, and still be without Him.

We prefer to follow our own plans and bury that still, small voice which way, 'Be still and know that I am God.' (Psalm 46:10).
We so much want to be in control. We want to know what will happen to us, IF.....
To God, however, it seems enough if all we know is He Himself. He doesn't tell us what will happen if we obey Him. So we have to leave the outcome to Him, even if it means our death. NOT knowing, means we abandon our craving for knowledge, for control, to Him, because He wants to bring us to the point when we are content and fulfilled in knowing Him, in Whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge!

Soren Kierkegaard
Am I content to be simple, foolish even, knowing nothing but Messiah and Him crucified (ie. knowing myself identified in His death)? Am I content to lose everything I once thought worthy of praise, everything the world holds dear, everything those who love me think is good for me? Am I content to be HIS disciple, following in His footsteps, discarding every possession, the good opinion of others, every natural love, everything which ties me to this world, for love of Him alone?

'He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.' Jim Elliot.

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