I am an avid learner, as I recently shared in my desire to keep taking courses. I like to study the Word, read how others interpret the Word, and grow through the process.
The image I am sharing today struck me as a great visual reminder of the three key ways to encounter truth, and become wise.
1. Search for It.
We don’t know what we know or don’t know until we begin to search for knowledge.
The world opens up to a child when they grasp the alphabet, and the lining up of letters to make words. Being able to read helps widen our search area for knowledge.
Being a knowledge seeker means we are searching for truth. We want to know the facts. We long to know what is true, in a world that likes to blur the edges of all it reveals to us. But real fact is based on truth, and will have a ring of the Holy in it as a result. For God is Truth, and all truth echoes back to its originator.
2. Make it Live.
Insight is living out the truth we now know, discovered through seeking out knowledge. If something is true, and we know it, we live differently through encountering it.
As a very young child of 3-4, I broke my money out of my piggy bank and walked to the donut store behind where we lived to buy 6 donuts. I ate them all fairly quickly to hide the evidence, and I learned very quickly that 6 donuts was way too much food for my childish frame.
The truth I learned is if I want to do something in secret and am not comfortable telling someone else about it, it isn’t something I should be doing. (And I will get sick from six full sized donuts!)
Applying the truth through what we learn takes it from being a just a fact to making it relevant to our lives.
But there is still a key element missing to knowledge & truth, which leads me to point…
3. Seek the Source.
Real knowledge and truth comes from the Source of it all, God.
As He is truth, and all wisdom, He will reveal both to use when we ask for help. Discernment occurs when God reveals the truth in a way we could not have discovered ourselves without Him. In times of heightened stress & emotions, we can forget what we have learned and applied, and that is where drawing close to the Source is crucial. The eternal God has insight beyond our comprehension, which can reveal way more in one moment than we could spend a life time trying to learn for ourselves.
We will never find truth, knowledge & wisdom apart from God. He not only knows all, He is the starting place for all truth & wisdom. They are Him, integral characteristics of the Almighty amazing complex God we are drawn to.
Go to the Source!
A few nugget verses to check out from the Word about wisdom, truth & knowledge:
Proverbs 1:7; 8:11-21
But more importantly….
I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!