“He must increase, but I must decrease.”–John the Baptist about Jesus. John 3:30
In learning all I can about God, Jesus, the Spirit, the Bible, and how Christ’s kingdom works, I have to remember that I will always have incomplete knowledge. I am limited by the breadth of my life, my availability to facts and people, my resources, where I was born, when I was born, and what I have been taught both directly and indirectly.
At the same time, I know that the Lord desires to increase my understanding and comprehension as I walk with Him. These verses/passages express that desire:
We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, Colossians 1:9
16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:16-19
What I like most about this last passage is the phrase, “to know this love that surpasses knowledge.” It tells me that whatever our knowledge is, God is beyond it in His love for us. In other words, it’s not WHAT we know, but WHO we know that makes the difference.
Which begs the question: Are we depending upon our knowledge to sustain us or Him to sustain us? The first leads us away from Christ while the second leads us to Him. Let’s be sure in our quest to be right that we do not wander away from our Shepherd.
Lord, I don’t know how correct my understanding of Scripture is, but I trust You to lead me day by day, step by step. I know it’s more about our relationship than my knowledge, but I strive to know more of You, more of me, and more of the big picture. I ask for more understanding and comprehension according to Your Spirit. In Your time, Lord, and according to Your good pleasure. Amen.