What I know, I know. What I THINK I know I may not know. Just a thought.
John 9:25 – He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.
I believe the title of today’s Second Miler could be taken as a true statement describing every human life. There is, however, a problem within our society today when so many people attempt to put forth an image of knowing more than they know. And it seems to cross every boundary with our society. When Hollywood elite become expert testimony in congressional hearings on agriculture, when media becomes the final voice in establishing guilt or innocence in legal matters, both criminal and civil, when athletes of greater or lesser notoriety become national icons about matters in which their ignorance is notable, and when sociology and psychology becomes the voice of authority from the pulpit, then it is no longer “what we truly know” that is taken into account when we speak, but our position, title, or apparent prestige with some elite class that establishes our “so called” credentials for the sharing of information.
I so enjoy the reading, study, and meditation upon this ninth chapter of John for that very reason. No matter how the question was asked, no matter the motive of those asking the questions, no matter the various responses given by the various players in this scenario from their various positions, when the man in question, the blind man who was healed, was asked about what occurred, he ultimately had only one answer to give. “Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.” Despite the accusations made against Jesus, accusing Him of being a sinner, a false prophet, a deceiver, or whatever they said, all this man really knew was that he had been blind, a verifiable truth among his community and all who knew him, and that now, after Jesus had put the spittle-made mud in his eyes and he had washed as Jesus had instructed, he could see.
My friend, I can share a vast number of testimonies others have made of what Jesus has done in lives, but I know that only because if their report, verbal or written. I can share a vast number of testimonies about what I have witnessed in the lives of people who have called on the Name of Jesus, but I know only what they have told me. But I can share for as long as I live all the things the Lord has done in my life, and the things He has allowed me to do and His work through me. And I can share these things, not because I heard someone else tell about them, or because I have read what has been written about them, but because I KNOW THEM. And because I KNOW THEM, I find it easy and totally sensible to believe the reports of others. Still, what I KNOW, I KNOW. And I KNOW THAT JESUS IS LORD!
Manna for Today – John 9; Romans 10:9-10; Joshua 1:6-9; Proverbs 4:20-23; Matthew 7:16; Matthew 12:37