Talk no more so very proudly; let not arrogance go forth from your mouth, for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by Him actions are weighed. – I Samuel 2:3 (AMP)
This line from the prayer of Hannah speaks to me across the years since she prayed it. It stirs something in my heart. I think about the risk I take when I get weighed down in what I “know.” I think about what I lose, or miss out on, or throw away, when I take my “knowledge” too seriously.
As a child, I was a regular visitor to the science museum. I absorbed knowledge like a sponge. By the end of my first visit to the museum, I knew it like the back of my hand. I then became a self-appointed tour guide for my classmates on field trips. If they were annoyed by my know-it-all attitude, I never noticed.
One summer my cousins came to visit. They invited me to go to the museum with them. I put on my tour guide hat and set out to show them the museum … my way. About 15 minutes into the experience, one of my grown-up cousins reprimanded me, ever so gently, and let me know they wanted to take time and explore for themselves. It was by the grace of God that I accepted her correction and settled in for the day.
When I remember our wonderful time together … I made some new discoveries and found out I didn’t know everything; there was lots to learn. More important was our time together. It wouldn’t have mattered where we were, or what we were doing. The joy we experienced just being together meant everything. I wouldn’t trade that for all the “knowledge” in the world. I believe God was smiling, watching four of his daughters make new discoveries together, and enjoying a deepening relationship.
Lord, help us remember that what we think of as knowledge means nothing in the face of Your greatness and wisdom. Help us focus on what You want us to discover in each new hour. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Thought for the Day
What if a new discovery were made that overturned all your hard-earned knowledge? What would you be left with? The answer depends on how much you had elevated knowledge over love and relationship.