Whether said in gest or in serious self-examination, the answer to this timeless question, “What do I know?”, colors our life principles and priorities. So knowing a bit more about “knowing” might be of greater benefit than we first imagine.
The Scriptures speak of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom and their value to a man and the prosperity of his soul (Prov 24:4). Beginning with knowledge, what do I know?
First, I find I want to “know”. Something within me desires to “know”. I want to “know” what is good and evil, right and wrong, just and unjust. The desire to know is a God-given and God-purposed desire that humans made in His image possess.
Second, as a result of wanting to “know”, I look to my authorities to “know” more about knowledge. Parents, church, scripture, and wise counselors are common authorities. I tend to look to scriptures first, and here I find particulars and specifics that can form, inform, and expand my understanding of knowledge:
- In the garden, there was a tree of knowledge of good and evil.
- Knowledge informs us of good and evil.
- Knowledge informs our actions.
- Knowledge and discretion are related.
- No knowledge and senseless are related.
- From the Lord’s mouth comes knowledge
- Take knowledge over gold.
- Through knowledge the righteous are delivered.
- If you love discipline, you love knowledge.
- Fools do not discern words of knowledge.
- Knowledge can come through receiving discipline and instruction.
- Knowledge without love can puff up
- We can have knowledge of truth
- We can have knowledge of God
Scriptures are full of references to knowledge. These I have listed purport the value of knowledge to the life and soul of a man (or woman). A few other’s warn that knowledge apart from love puffs up the knower.
So let’s ponder knowledge a bit more.
- There is knowledge to be found.
- Knowledge is to be fervently sought after.
- Knowledge comes in the form of words, instruction, and discipline.
- True knowledge bears good fruit.
- A life of wisdom is not possible without knowledge.
- Knowledge must be ruled and ordered by love
These are just a few observations we can add to our understanding of knowledge and our relationship to knowledge.
What about you? What do you know?