We live in a highly competitive world and as a result of that we are constantly being “graded” on our efforts. We learn early in life to strive for “good grades” in our schools, in our work, in sports and in many other areas. While that can quite often cause problems, it’s a fact of life that we must deal with. There is nothing wrong with competition – or with being competitive – but we must go about it in the right way. As a trial lawyer, I have had to be a competitor and I get performance -graded by juries on a regular basis.
Lots of folks in this country place their hopes on education, science and human progress. Knowledge in these areas is certainly to be desired and is very important. We are certainly on the right path when we encourage the obtaining of knowledge. But knowledge alone, without more, is not enough. We must pay strict attention to the spiritual aspect of knowledge. The Bible tells us that the beginning of real knowledge is “the fear of the Lord,” and that’s exactly where we need to start our search for knowledge. It’s only when God is actually put first in our lives that we can gain access to and take advantage of the wisdom, understanding and knowledge that comes from a personal relationship with Him. That’s a most reassuring reality that we can depend on.
The Bible tells us that God wants us to have peace, hope and joy. God wants to open our hearts and minds and reveal more of His wonders and insights. But we also have a role to play and that too is critically important. We must seek God first, believe in Him, and then totally depend on His promises. If we want more of God and His knowledge, we must be willing to trust Him and follow His lead in our lives. God’s promises are true and available for each of us. But it’s up to us to take advantage of what God offers. This is my personal prayer for knowledge:
Lord, I know that I can’t place my hope in other people or in the things of this world. I must depend on You and the guidance that comes from the Holy Spirit. I seek You above all else. Thank You for making available to me Your knowledge. In Jesus’ name, in the power of the Holy Spirit I pray. Amen.
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