John 12:16 – These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.
The more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know. But I am so thankful to the Lord, for despite may lack of knowing about so much, I have total confidence in His willingness and ability to teach me the things I need to know. That creates a wonderful sense of peace for me about the future. I may not always be satisfied about what I know at this moment, but I am totally content in the knowledge that Father knows. I could state in the words that were the title of an old black-and-white television show of an era gone by, “Father Knows Best.” And in the case of our heavenly Father, that is absolutely true in all things at all times. And in that should be great peace for anyone who is a child of God.
In the understanding I have just shared is a truth that every believer should embrace. None of us knows at any given moment all that needs to be known. In fact, all of us together, collectively do not know at any given moment all that needs to be known. But the longer we live, the more we learn. And that is true as it applies to revelation knowledge of God’s Word just as it is about any other knowledge. None of us know it all, but each of us should be pursuing a relationship with the Lord that takes us daily to richer, deeper, broader, more enlightening knowledge. I am writing about a progressive revealing of God’s Word.
Consider for a moment that Jesus Himself “grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” I often find it interesting that He spent the first 30-years of His life, not just growing to manhood through His teen years, but growing in wisdom, which would be insights, knowledge, understanding, and revelation of the Word, and in favor with God, which would mean He grew in faith, for it is faith that pleases Father. And having grown in such a manner, He was able to carry out and completely fulfill His earthly ministry in 3 ½ years. I offer you one thoughtful suggestion here. Is it possible that we would see much greater success in our lives and ministry if we first gave ourselves to diligence in the pursuit of growing in wisdom and favor with God BEFORE jumping into so many things we call ministry? Just a thought. Allow me a point of encouragement, too. The longer you live as a believer, the greater the contribution you should be able to make in the church and lives of others around you. You may not run as fast or jump as high as you once did, but lifelong growth in godly wisdom, knowledge, and strength makes you a greater asset than in your early life, SO DON’T QUIT in your service to the kingdom. Keep growing, keep serving, keep loving, PROGRESSIVELY.
Manna for Today – John 12:12-19; Luke 2:52; Hebrews 5:8; Ephesians 4:11-32; Hebrews 11:6; Galatians 5:6