In our age of Google, Siri, Facebook, Twitter, and various apps we are bombarded and overloaded with information. I can ask Siri what plane is flying overhead, or how much a gallon of milk weighs. If I need music suggestions all I have to do is tweet it and I will get a plethora of responses. It is possible to become knowledgeable about many different things without much study or effort. And we know such knowledge, so easily acquired, is of small significance.
Yet the Bible talks about a knowledge that is eternally valuable and worth pursuing.
An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
But what kind of knowledge is the Bible talking about? To say it most simply, this is the knowledge of God. Knowing God and making him known lies at the heart of our business as human beings.
Read the Bible
When I was young I hated to read. With the exception of a few mystery books I read in junior high, I didn’t read much until after I was married and out of college. You may feel the same way. You may already be yawning uncontrollably just thinking about reading anything that is non-fiction.
But God is worth knowing. That in and of itself should be the only reason we need to dig into the scripture.
The supreme ruler of all that is seen and unseen, the maker of all the galaxies, the sustainer of all life. The one whose throne is enveloped in lightning and thunder, whose name is “ Ancient of Days”, he has chosen to make himself known to the creatures he formed out of dust. He has spoken, and we can hear him.
A woman whose soul is adorned with the jewel of knowledge is not a woman who knows it all, but a woman who has come to know the Lord, his ways, and herself through the Scripture. She is made beautiful and strong and fruitful in all she does (Psalm 1).
Learn from Others
The study of God should not simply be the hobby of some theology nerds, but this is to be our business, something we devote significant time to. We have been given the ability to think and reason, to grow in knowledge and understanding and we must use these gifts for the glory of God.
The reason why we have faculties superior to those of the brutes given us, is, that we are indeed designed for a superior employment.
What “ superior employment” is there than to use our minds to know our redeemer more.
Unlike subjects like philosophy, botany, chemical engineering or folklore, the subject of divinity is something all people should take an interest in. This is especially true for those of us who belong, body and soul, to Jesus Christ. The one who called us out of darkness into his kingdom of light. As adopted children we now belong to the family of God and shouldn't’ we know everything we possibly can about this new family and it’s patriarch?
The best news is that we have not be left to our own devices. God has given us a book through which he has revealed himself. He has also gifted many men and women throughout the ages with a wonderful ability to not only understand the scriptures but to also articulate themselves in such a way that it helps us understand the things of God better.
The knowledge of God is the great hope of sinners. Oh, if you knew Him better, you would fly to Him! If you understood how gracious He is, you would seek Him. If you could have any idea of His holiness, you would loathe your self-righteousness. If you knew anything of His power, you would not venture to contend with Him. If you knew anything of His grace, you would not hesitate to yield yourself to Him.
The soul is made beautiful in knowledge, specifically the knowledge of God. This is not a superficial adornment, but a deeply spiritual adornment that points us and others to the glory of God.