We’ve gotten way too smart for ourselves. We believe that if we figure it out, then we’ll be better off. We read and tell of what we read. We reason and debate. We consider and compromise based on our conclusions. It’s all crap.
“Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?” 1 Corinthians 20.
“Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” 1 Corinthians 3:18-20
Notice that the Scripture quoted doesn’t say that knowledge or study is bad. It says that believing we can achieve any measure of true wisdom leaves us looking foolish. For all the attempts to understand, explain, illustrate and figure out, the net result is nothing more than scratching the surface.
No need to stop reading or feel validated in intentional ignorance just because we are cautioned against intellectual arrogance. Keep reading and seeking with the knowledge that knowledge isn’t the destination. Relationship is.
No matter how long we’ve known our spouse, there are things about them that we are still uncovering and working through as the relationship matures and develops. While some things become more predictable, the nature of the connection leaves some wonder mixed with a little mystery. It wasn’t meant to be entirely figured out. It was meant to be walked out.
Same thing with God. We really value the deceit of understanding because we really want to know. We want to know what He wants us to do. We want there to be a pattern or formula or principle that we can apply and turn out “all right.” Problem with that is that there is no relationship in that. It’s just us “getting it.” If we could “get it” then we wouldn’t need to depend on Him, we wouldn’t need the sacrifice of Jesus and we wouldn’t need to relate to our Father.
So read, study, listen, take notes, consider and even debate to some degree. Just do so bent towards becoming closer to Dad, not just trying to figure Him out.