This is the first posting after the “official” launch of the blog, so I thought I’d keep it upbeat.
In our world we are inundated with all the woes of life and our society. It is often so much that we simply want to retreat and block it all out. But what should our response be? God’s answer is for us to be thankful. Take a look at Psalm 100 or 1 Chronicles 16 or 1 Thessalonians 5:18, which are a small sampling of the places we are encouraged to give thanks.
I often run into people who are down or overwhelmed. Actually, it happens to me quite a bit. I remind them (and myself) to remember the things God has done and thank Him for them. Remembering God’s deeds is even in the “10 commandments” (see Deuteronomy 4:15). By the way, did you know that the “10 commandments” are not called “commandments” in the Bible, and that they are listed in two places with some very seemingly minor, but important differences? (See this posting, or the blog tag, “commandments”).
But what about knowledge? The author of the blog “Help Me Believe” makes an interesting point about knowledge (see his posting about apologetics). Knowledge is important and of great benefit. But knowledge alone doesn’t bridge the gap to faith. Consider the apostle Peter and the others when they were in the boat crossing the lake and a storm came up (see Mark chapter 6). The disciples of Yeshua (Jesus) ‘knew’ about the recent miracle of the loaves and the fish but they didn’t remember about it or, apparently, give thanks about it. If they had, perhaps more of them would have “stepped out of the boat!”).
This blog is about knowledge and faith. The two go together.
To sum up, here is what Jeremiah 9:23-24 says, “Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.” (ESV – English Standard Version – emphasis mine).