Devotional 28th May 2017
Daniel 12:4 “But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.”
We live in an information society. We know more about everything and anything we don’t know; well there is always Google, Yahoo or Bing! Having knowledge about something isn’t all there is to it, however. Years ago, we had an old car that would continually break down. So, I bought a book. It was one of those car manuals with exploded diagrams that showed every component and where its place was. The funny thing was though, as much as I read and studied that book, when it came to going out to the car and actually fixing it – I was lost, I just couldn’t marry what I knew with what was in front of me. I never did fix the car – I had to take it to the garage, but I was left with an intimate knowledge of how it was constructed.
We see it all, the devastation, the floods, the poverty, the hunger, the injustice and we go on about our day. Then when someone asks us if we saw what was happening in this part or that part of the world, we reply, “yes, I know all about it” – and we do. We can recall details, statistics, and satellite images – an amount of information that just a few years ago would be unthinkable in such a situation – but – it’s just knowledge, it doesn’t affect us, it doesn’t prompt us to do anything. We collect it and stash it away, congratulating ourselves on our enlightenment.
In 1 Cor 8:1 Paul remarks, “Knowledge makes people arrogant, but love builds them up”. That is the problem with collecting information – we become arrogant, we think we know something, when in reality all we have is a scrapbook full of information. The world worships at the Throne of Knowledge, and sees the future through its eyes. “Once we have educated the world”, say the academics, “everything will be well”. It’s a cruel delusion, for information alone will never resolve national conflicts and prejudices, it will never diminish the ambitions of the violent nor right injustice; it will never address base selfishness and greed. We can have a mountain of information but still be devoid of understanding.
The Church that the Spirit of God is looking to raise up in these days, is a Church that is mature in the revealed Knowledge of God, a Church that is alive with the electricity of His Presence. A Church that doesn’t just have information about God, but a Church that has a vital experience of God. We must trade our appetite for mere information for a deeper and more intense intimacy with Jesus, while developing within ourselves a deep hunger for the Knowledge of God that comes by revelation of His Spirit. Only then will we be truly equipped. Only then will the Church be able to combat the deception of information and see men and women released from the prisons of intellectualism and pride.