Day: October 10, 2011

Knowledge and Wisdom

Grant Phillips 90x115by Grant Phillips

We now live in a world where knowledge is increasing so fast the textbooks can’t keep up. By the time they’re printed for the new school year, they are already out of date. The Lord told Daniel that in the last days,

But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” (Daniel 12:4)

I, as you, see much knowledge in every area we undertake. For us older folks, it isn’t always easy to keep up. Have you ever felt like your head was spinning from all the knowledge your brain has to take in and remember? If so, you must be as old and crabby as I am. (Now I’m just kidding about the “crabby” part.)

The Feasibility of Change

A.W. Tozer 90x115by A.W. Tozer 

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Ephesians 4:1

. . . people in ruts . . . discover that the passing of time tends to dull their religious feelings, and the signal that used to be quite clear is fading out. Then they worry a little and say, "The signal is gone. I’ll have to do something." Suddenly it comes on again and they hear it a little and say, "Oh, it’s not so bad after all." They are just in a favorable pocket–perhaps some new preacher has come to town. They think they are hearing the voice again, and they are, a little bit. But it is not long until they are out of range and cannot hear it any more. Time has increased their indifference to spiritual things and dulled their religious feelings, continually making them harder to change. Change is one of the ingredients of Christianity. If people could not change, the gospel would be absolutely meaningless. If the Lord would say, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ; repent and believe," and a person could not repent or believe, the gospel would be meaningless. The fact that people can change is the only hope they have. If they could not change, there would be no reason to preach to them that they must change. And yet we are sent to preach that people should change, meaning they should repent. They should turn from darkness to light. They should turn from idols to God. They should change. This is absolutely necessary, a vital ingredient in the spiritual life.

by A.W. Tozer