Figuring it Out

Call it a product of the modern area, but most of us are bent on figuring things out.  Scientists, research analysts, marketers, counselors, tech industries – we have entire careers built on tapping unknown answers.  We carry this into our personal lives as well, navigating job markets, family situations, and at least amongst many circles I keep, a relationship with God.

Just because there is something new for me to learn, doesn’t mean that it is actually new itself.

 8 What advantage has a wise man over a fool?  What does a poor man gain by knowing how to conduct himself before others?

 10 Whatever exists has already been named, and what man is has been known; no man can contend with one who is stronger than he.

– Ecclesiastes 6.8,10

Higher living does not come from higher knowing.  Even among the most highly praised disciplines of science, we’re just learning what has already been – chemical reactions, cosmos images, origins of species, etc…  I don’t doubt that we can find a fresh telling of what has always been, but it puts us in humble and proper perspective before God to acknowledge that newness and originality are not in our grasp.

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One response to “Figuring it Out

  1. I agree with you, Brian: “Higher living does not come from higher knowing.” – At least not in the Western sense of objective, imperial knowledge. In the Hebrew sense of experiential knowledge, such as the experiential knowledge of the love of our Father God – this is the kind of knowledge that transforms and bears fruit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness…

    I recently abandoned my reading through the Bible in a year program because I found it was more of an information grab than a meditation. I need more of the transforming knowledge of Christ – I’ve got plenty of the theoretical knowledge.

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