Friday, March 20, 2015

Devotion: I Don't Agree With Other Preachers

In this age of information, we who seek the truth have no reason not to be able to find it, provided we do not limit ourselves to the walls of traditionalism or denominationalism.  God tells us “that his people are destroyed because they lack knowledge” (Hosea 4:6).  Interestingly, this lack of knowledge has not come from a shortage of knowledge but from our rejection of knowledge.  That’s right, there is no shortage of knowledge that is destroying us, but it is our own rejection of knowledge that is doing it.  Because we are quick to dismiss all, including those preachers, teachers, and evangelists who do not align themselves with our beliefs, we limit the amount of knowledge available to us.

If the amount of knowledge is as vast as the oceans, it would be like dipping a cup into the ocean and using what is in the cup as your only source of information.  Everything that you could possible know would be confined to the limits of that cup.  And just as the ocean has things that can be harmful to us, it also contains things that can be beneficial to us.  Knowledge works the same way; there are things harmful as well as things beneficial.  It is through “studying God’s word” (II Timothy 2:15), using every available resource that we gain the wisdom and understanding “to rightly divide the word of truth” and pick the harmful item out of the ocean of knowledge.

We should learn to listen to everyone and learn from everyone because nobody knows everything but everyone knows something.  None of us are perfect nor do we have a perfect understanding of all of the scriptures.  So many of us are at different levels of understanding in our walk to discover the truth about the things of God that we should not discount anyone’s ability to help propel us to the next level or to give us a different perspective on things.  Limited knowledge leads to a limited life.  A closed mind can only grow within the limits of its enclosure; an open mind grows with endless possibilities.  There is an ocean of knowledge available to each of us, do not limit yourself to the boundaries of one cup of knowledge.  Explore the endless possibilities contained within the entire ocean.

Today’s message is short, but we wanted to share some thoughts on the limits we impose on ourselves when it comes to gaining knowledge, especially when it comes to the things of God.  We pray that the message will be an inspiration to you as well as a blessing.  Please share this message so that others may be blessed as well.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings. - KW

1 comment:

  1. Instruct a wise man, and he will be yet wiser; but fools despise wisdom and instruction."