"Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing
and benefits those who see the sun.
Wisdom is a shelter
as money is a shelter,
but the advantage of knowledge is this:
Wisdom preserves those who have it." Ecc. 7:11-12 (NIV)
I always find it interesting how some of us interact with political awareness. We side with our traditional party and intentionally ignore what either party has to say. We put our Faith in age old tradition that probably has been passed down for generations, trusting that the representatives of those traditions have our best interest at heart, are speaking on our behalf, and are doing what is right. In favor of our blissful ignorance we choose a side before the debating begins, fail to watch the debate or do any "homework" about the players involved, and confidently lean on our favorite liberal or conservative news channel to spin, interpret, and spoon feed us the "truth." And then we are shocked by the actions or decisions of our choice. We play the victim.
Sadly, this same routine plays out in humanity's approach to God-awareness. We often stick to traditional rituals that have been taught and passed down, and that make for "appropriate" Christianity. We consistently fail to engage the author of our Faith in the deepening of our understanding of who He is, and what He desires for us. We leave that to be interpreted by whatever party (or as it is called in Christendom, Denomination) we have loyally pledged our allegiance. We prefer not to know more, because of course, it would require more. The less we know, the more of the victim we can play, and others we can blame.
But as blissful as ignorance may be for a time, it is painfully temporary. It is why no offender of the law can stand before any judge and claim ignorance as a defense. It is what the SEC and Accounting world has painstakingly detailed in their Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, which simply stated means, "If you didn't know, you should have known." Every accountable human being is responsible for knowing what standards and principles have been set forth by God through His Son Jesus Christ. Not knowing has relative consequences, but consequences yet and still.
Friends, and especially Women of Purpose and Destiny, we can not love ignorance and live in hiding; neither from the fear, the responsibility, or the challenge of seeking and searching out the deep things of God. If God makes it available to us, His Grace helps us to achieve it! It is time to rise out of hiding from behind our "representatives" and stand on what we have witnessed for ourselves. We are called to engage the Creator one on One and spirit to Spirit. Everyday we awake He is calling us higher. Don't ignore His Mercy and Grace. Trust Him to be EXACTLY who He promises to be; and, reap the reward and the privilege of being called a friend of God...not just a fan...or constituent.
Make this Monday the day you commit to rejecting ignorance!