2 Timothy 3:7| “always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
Read the above verse again. My first thoughts were; isn’t that the point in learning, so that you can know? So maybe that’s not exactly what type of knowledge Paul was speaking of.
In my short journey with the Lord I have seen a few things that have made me to understand what the above verse means. In my current understanding I see it as people who are always learning the scriptures and bible stories but never really knowing the One Who wrote it or Who it is written about.
For example, I have read many books about America’s first president, George Washington. I can tell you lots of stories, facts and even quote some things he said. But I’m sure Martha Washington, his wife, had a better “knowledge” of him.
This word knowledge isn’t just knowing as in learning by studying like you do in school to pass a test. But this is knowledge you gain by experience, that you gain through intimacy. This brings you into a whole different reality and experience.
This is what many Christians are missing in their lives. Even many who “know” the Bible, who “know” scripture, who “know” the stories, etc. The very sad truth is many do not know Him. And that’s what makes all the difference.
During my journey with the Lord I’ve attended and graduated from two bible colleges. One thing that I noticed was many of the students would just keep going to bible college after bible college to learn the Bible but when I spent time with them I could instantly tell that they did not really know the Lord. Frankly, it was very heart breaking and terrifying to me.
You see, when you know Him intimately, your life will never be the same. You will be marked with a tangible glow, your words will be filled with power and grace, you will have a stillness in your soul and love in your heart. People will be able to tell there is something different about you. There will be evidence.
At the end of my bible college stint, I met our beloved Reverend Wildfire. When I met him I knew something was quite different about him. And as I was asking the Lord who he was, one thing the Holy Spirit told me was; “many people (teachers in bible college) have told you about me, but this my son Wildfire, He knows me”. He was making a clear distinction for me.
Acts 4:13| “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”
My questions for you today is: do you know Him? Have you been with Him lately? Are you enjoying sweet fellowship with the Holy Spirit daily?
Let us pray: Holy Spirit take me in deeper to move beyond head knowledge and bring me into intimate encounter so that we may know You. Take me beyond reading the Bible to experiencing You for myself. Fill my today with personal encounters with You. In Jesus precious name, amen.