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January 7, 2016


Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises loving kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD. (Jeremiah 9: 23-24)


“He who often thinks of God will have a larger mind than the man who simply plods around this narrow globe….” C.H. Spurgeon.


There’s a story (which no one knows is true or not) about a proud young man who came to Socrates asking for knowledge. He walked up to the muscular philosopher and said, “O great Socrates, I come to you for knowledge.? Socrates recognized a pompous numbskull when he saw one. He led the young man through the streets, to the sea, and chest deep into water. Then he asked, “What do you want”? “Knowledge, O wise Socrates,? said the young man with a smile. Socrates put his strong hands on the man’s shoulders and pushed him under. Thirty seconds later Socrates let him up. “What do you want”? he asked again. “Wisdom,? the young man sputtered, “O great and wise Socrates.? Socrates crunched him under again. Thirty seconds passed, thirty-five. Forty. Socrates let him up. The man was gasping. “What do you want, young man”? Between heavy, heaving breaths the fellow wheezed, “Knowledge, O wise and wonderful…? Socrates jammed him under again Forty seconds passed. Fifty. “What do you want”? “Air!” he screeched. “I need air!” “When you want knowledge as you have just wanted air, then you will have knowledge.?


If we are to continue to please the Lord, bear fruit in every good work and genuinely grow in Christ, it is necessary that we “be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.” Why is this true? First, because love and ministry without biblical insight and the knowledge of the truth will become only a soft and cheap imitation largely motivated by selfish concerns and desires. Because of this reality, Paul warned against simulated or hypocritical love (Rom. 12:9). And secondly, because without biblical insight and motivation, even genuine Christian love will grow dim and die. Acts of Christian love and service will be turned into drudgery and sour resignation, if they are present at all.


God bless from



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