If You Don’t Know Me by Now

We have all done things beyond even our own belief.  At such times, we exclaim to ourselves and others, “I knew better than that!”  So, it is that we act in discord with our cognitions and self-interests.  Funny strange.  We are our own victims in many circumstances by failing to put into practice measures with which we are familiar in theory but unfamiliar in actuality.  In a way, it is like giving advice that we never have to take.  What sounds good is easier said than done.  It begs the point of whether we really understood the right teaching, road to take or philosophy to pursue.  What is a reasonable expectation on the learning curve to wisdom, and at what point do we reach utilitarian knowledge or safe home?

At current, I find myself having to relearn (as if I ever did) tenets I thought I mastered in my youth.  It is entirely possible (read probable) that I had an inflated concept of myself in former days, but experience has shown me that I’ve had company on the road.  The young believe that each new discovery is uniquely their own though the elders smile knowlingly.  Life is not as much a destination as a journey, and each rung on the ladder gives a better view.  Every step achieved seems to be the precipice or only a little away from enlightenment.  In time, we come to understand that there is no finality in life only the struggle for which we were born and a longing for fulfillment at last.

The Christ-follower will find himself knowing and not knowing the Savior.  This will alternately be elation and grief to the sincere, a cause of concern to peers and an expectation of God.  As each of us is finite, we only perceive a portion of the infinite according to our measure.  Fortunately, God does not expect us to comprehend all things but urges us toward deep knowledge of the central teachings of His Word.  The important and intrinsic truths of Scripture are repeated and illustrated in Holy Writ time and again.  They are best understood in simplicity as the grace and guidance of God infiltrate our lives.  We will wrest with trivialities but rest on the bedrock of clear truths.

We are all apt to be slow learners in things that matter.  For some reason, trivial pursuit is more appealing than The Learning Channel.  It is hard to grasp spiritual precepts.  For this reason, we are tempted to ask God for dramatic acts to drive home things we ought to access through other means.  The rich man asked Abraham to send one from beyond the grave to testify of the hereafter.  Abraham’s response was that the things of eternity are clearly revealed in God’s Word, and that God’s plan for such revelation was and is the best, most effective way.  We don’t need catchy slogans to catch the things of God.  He will fill the hungry with good things and satisfy the thirsty and longing soul. 

After years, Philip did not fully understand that Jesus, the Son of God, was God the Father, as well.  Likewise, there are things we should have already known about our Lord which we have not grasped.  It can be quite frustrating to feel that we have missed teaching needed for the exam or been left back to repeat a grade.  As it happens, though, God is much more concerned that we get to know Him than we are.  Because of this, He does not measure us by one another but regards each as a separate, singular and cherished child.  God is patient as the best of parents long to be and fail in pursuit.  He will aid and instruct the penitent to grow in grace and knowledge until the part is made perfect. 

Sterl    

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