Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wednesday, 03/14/12

New Testament: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Old Testament: Genesis 45:16-28
Gospel: Mark 6:13-29
“...We know that all of us possess knowledge.  Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. If any one imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. But if one loves God, one is known by him.” Corinthians 8:1-3

When I was in high school, I used to have a poster hanging on the wall in my bedroom that said: “those who think they know it all, are very annoying to those of us who do.”  How wonderful it was back then to be a teenager and to be so completely confident and sure about everything and everyone!  Then, as I grew older, and I read more, studied more, worked more, listened more, and failed more,  it became clear that I did not have all the answers after all.  In fact, I wasn’t even asking the right questions.

What’s great about this bible verse is that it so accurately reflects society’s view of knowledge, that having instant answers for everything (or at least being able to Google for them) is deemed to be the most valuable commodity on earth - often perceived as the equivalent of having “god-like” powers (so long as we remember to charge our cell phones).  Indeed, we live in the Information Age, and we are no longer using the “gold standard.”  But with all of our science and technological wonders, man has no perfect search engine for love.

Even when our quest for knowledge coincides with appreciating and loving God and all of His creation, the improved scientific understand ing remains dwarfed by the incredible and unconditional love that has been made available to us through Jesus Christ. 

Therefore, I am truly grateful that the Bible helps me to stay focused on asking the right questions.


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