“An intelligent mind acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”
Reading this verse today took my mind back to when I began taking seminary classes. I was rather new to the idea of being in a relationship with Jesus. I had always known him as my Lord and Savior, but there wasn’t a personal relationship with him whatsoever.
Looking back, God had placed some amazing men in my life to guide me along this new way of living. Between the Pastor of our church, the President of the school I was attending classes through, and a few mentors I had started working with, you would be hard-pressed to find a more knowledgeable group of men. Each of them provided great influence in my personal relationship with God.
I was eager to learn. More than anything I wanted to increase my awareness of the Holy Spirit in my life. I was out to discover how he was going to use me to carry the message to his people. There was just one major complication. I was a seminary student. If you were going to teach me anything about God or my faith, you needed to be someone significant. I wanted to hear some credentials.
While I know the root of this was due to my pride and ego, I am becoming more aware of how I can allow my judgments and perceptions of others to put up roadblocks even today. I am still pursuing growth and development when it comes to living out my faith, maybe more than ever before.
But, because of the fact, my relationship with Jesus is both intimate and personal, I use caution when I am considering who I allow speaking into my life. If there is such a thing as taking advice from too many people, I could easily see myself falling into the category. And it’s becoming more and more clear how this might just be one of the enemy’s strongest weapons against me.
As Christians, knowledge, and understanding are two of the ingredients that will always be part of growing into who Christ has created us to be. Because of this, if we fail to use caution when considering the source of this knowledge, we may be only picking up useless information.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the desire that you have instilled inside of me to grow closer to you. Thank you for the opportunity that I have to spend time in your presence today. Guide me through your Spirit along the path that you have laid before me. Open both my heart and mind to the people that you have placed in my life to be a part of the journey.