Whether conscious or subconscious, we live in the midst of this well established lie. We breathe in the air of this idea so often that we cannot comprehend the desperation of our situation; we walk every day, blind to the depth of our own ignorance.
The antidote may be found in the humble confession of and repentance for our foolishness, and in the beginning of a new journey onto a new path; purposeful lifelong learning. Relentless are the portions of Scripture which teach about wisdom, and the pursuit thereof.
Eternity may in fact be forever learning about and increasing in knowledge of the Almighty, that we might evermore experience new reasons to praise him.
The beginning of wisdom of this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.
- Proverbs 4:7
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
- Proverbs 9:10
If you have ever thought we live in troubled times,
this book may provide some much needed perspective.
1776 is an exemplary book, written by a two time Pulitzer Prize winner.
On September 30th, 1776, George Washington, General of the Continental Army faced a mountain range of distressing situations, while carrying the weight of the would be Nation upon his shoulders. He confided in a letter to his brother, Lund:
"Such is my situation that if I were to wish the bitterest curse to an enemy this side of the grave, I should put him in my stead with my feelings." The General wrote that he was "wearied to death" and "In confidence I tell you that I never was in such an unhappy, divided state since I was born."
- McCullough, p. 227
Washington's words were strikingly similar to the Apostle Paul's in 2 Cor. 1:8-9:
For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death.
Yet the Apostle brings a deep theology of hope to the issue of despairing afflictions: But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.
Great people have trodden
upon paths of deep darkness.
You are not alone in facing dreadful
heartache and the most bitter of circumstances.
Rather, you have joined the ranks of the
myriads who have traveled such broken roads.
The pages of history are full
of the accounts of these travelers.
One day such agonies shall be no more.