I get up early on Sunday mornings. Really early. Because I’m a worship leader, I get to the church early to set up and get ready etc. I’m sure many of you know what I’m talking about!
I was driving up to the parking lot on a recent cold and rainy Sunday, and when I turned into the parking lot there was a man in a large coat and hood walking with intention around the parking lot.
In the darkness of the early morning under the orange flood lights, the many looked quite ominous, even frightening. But I wasn’t scared at all. Why? Because I know who he is and what he’s there to do.
You see the man’s name is Vic, he is on the prayer team at our church. I happen to know that he is there early on Sundays to walk the property and pray for the services. Knowing this caused me to see him not as a frightening figure, but as a comfort. My know
ledge makes all the difference.
How often to we fear things that we simply do not understand? I am quick to make judgements on people and situations that I really know nothing about. The truth is I need to remember that understanding comes before taking sides.
Knowledge is powerful, and it should lead to a change in how we view the world. The Apostle Paul says in Colossians 1:
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray
for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. (vv. 9-10)
Here he makes a connection between knowledge and action, that what we know shapes what we do. Increasing in the knowledge of God leads to increase in my lifestyle that’s pleasing to God.
So is your knowledge increasing? It could mean the difference between living in fear and being thankful for God’s provision.