Few things can be compared to the peace a state of childlikeness and simplicity of life and mind bring.
The greatest temptation with knowledge is the tendency to show it off. We want people to know we know; especially when we’ve been told we don’t know. Finally we know and we can’t help but abide by the “The best revenge is your success” principle of the world.
The issue is that the Bible in its double-edged sword fashion rebukes this cowardice as, “A prudent man conceals knowledge, But the heart of fools proclaims foolishness” (Proverbs 12:23).
This tendency to impulsively display knowledge is another channel which the Pride of Life displays itself.
We must remember that the things we know will stand against us in judgement. The safest option will be not to know anything but the command given to us is “GROW in the grace and knowledge of our Lord (2 Peter 3:18).
Oh the snare of knowledge! How do we break free from this bondage?
It is a complete and absolutely surrender to the Holy Spirit who alone has the ability to produce that fruit of self-control in our lives.
Yes, restraining ourselves from blurting out every jot and tittle we know is a function of the fruit of self-control. We must be willing to squeeze the fruit the Holy Spirit has already put in us.
What good is a fruit if it is just for our gazing and physical appreciation if we do not taste and savour its juices? What good is the fruit the Holy Spirit deposits in our lives if it is for our identification as “Child of God” without exercising it to its fullness?
“The greater my wisdom, the greater my grief. To increase knowledge only increases sorrow.”Ecclesiastes 1:18
Jesus said to them, ‘If you really were blind, God would not punish you for the wrong things you have done. But you say that you can see. So, you do wrong things with your eyes open. God will punish you for that.’”John 9:41
Please have mercy, Lord.