‘Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.’ (v12) Ecclesiastes 12:9–12
Knowledge represents all the acts, information and skills acquired through education and experience. It is our theoretical and practical understanding of something. Scripture teaches us that our great teacher is God. The Bible provides the source for knowledge of ourselves and how we can live full and complete lives on earth (John 10:10).
Michael W Smith sings, ‘Even the Darkness Is Light to You’. This sounds contradictory, but even when we cannot see our way forward, God’s Word is a lamp to our feet (Psa.119:105). This is because Scripture is God’s revelation, something God makes known that offers hope and encouragement, fit for the circumstances in which we find ourselves.
In an age in which we pursue global answers to specific personal issues, we discover that one quality of the uniqueness of our mortality is that there can be no ‘one size fits all’ solution to life’s challenges. Each one of us is born to a unique journey. God has promised to resource us for our mortal pilgrimage, yet we often feel completely unprepared for our life experiences.
It can prove problematic, and a struggle, to discern God’s revelation as we enter inner turmoil or external storms. Such revelation is not readily accessible, but is the fruit of hard fought battles with ourselves and the God we have chosen to follow.
RELATED SCRIPTURE TO CONSIDER: Psa. 139; Zeph. 3:8–20; Matt 7:7–14; 1 Pet. 2:1–10.
AN ACTION TO TAKE: How confident do you feel about finding the answers to life’s challenges within God’s revelation through Scripture?
A PRAYER TO MAKE: ‘Lord, may I find Your light in my deepest struggles and trust that You will lead me on through my life. Amen.’
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