False Peace of Ignorance

Sunday’s Monday False Peace of Ignorance

Even though it sounds like the perfect oxymoron, there is a lot of truth in the title of this writing. There is peace in ignorance as the ignorant don’t know their ignorant and therefore carry little to no responsibility for their actions. Truth is we all have things we don’t know and that’s ok however, what isn’t ok is not seeking to know more. To help visualize today’s subject I turned to dictionary.com which defines “ignorance” - a lack of knowledge, learning, information, etc. it also defines “know” as - to perceive or understand as fact or truth; to apprehend clearly and with certainty. Think on this for a few seconds and see if you can comprehend the hidden truth it contains. If not, don’t be alarmed! Just keep reading and I’ll try to remove this from the list of things you don’t know.

The bible speaks of ignorance profusely from cover to cover and for me the best example comes from Luke 23:34 (NLT), Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice. Most of the people Jesus was speaking of had no remorse for the punishment given to Him and the others were saddened and appalled but had no clear understanding of what was taking place at that time. Both side of the crowd were lacking a clear understanding of what was taking place. Those against Jesus were acting out of human understanding which led them to receive Jesus as a fraud and liar. Whereas the Jesus supporters knew Jesus to be Lord in the flesh but clearly had little understanding of Jesus in their spirit. Both side acted upon their knowing of the now! They, not unlike us today, were “as we are”, executing life altering decisions without a clear understanding of what is best for our long hall. As (earthly) beings we are born temporal (our flesh is born to die) ergo we base much of what we know, on the now. God tells us in Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT), 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. This difference can be likened to night (which is darkness) and day (which is light).

I witness this a lot in most Christian’s spiritual walk (mine included). Our limited, weak understanding of God, His Trinity and His Word leave us lacking as we strive in our service to Him. We often fill in the blanks of God’s instructions with our own thoughts as we often cannot clearly hear what He is saying to us. Just as we all too often alter that which God tells us to share with others when we view things as to uncomfortable. Only God has the number on people (including one’s self) that have been misled, confused, or left agonizing because Christian’s failed to comply completely with God’s will. God explains to us in Ecclesiastes 11:5 (NLT), Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things.

Truth is we do such an injustice to ourselves and others when we operate with no oversight of direction in a deficient understanding. Our ignorance or lack of understanding can cause us needless anxiety, loss of sleep and second-guessing God. As well we affect others when we approach them with a wrong attitude, unhelpful comments / suggestions or even alienating and sometime enabling them to continue as they are. Being mindful that there are those few who love misery ergo the saying misery loves company (enough said). Ask God for discernment in your involvement to help others. Hopefully, none of us are in this situation today but should any of us be; there is hope! God explains in 2 Peter 1:20-21 (NLT), 20 Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, 21 or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God. As human (earthly) beings we don’t have a clue!

Just as small children are not judged by the parents for what they don’t know (although their actions usually cause unpleasant consequences) leaving them with the choice to accept or deny the truth of the encounter. We are told in 1 Pater 2, God teaches His children through His word in verse 2 (NLT), Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment. We gain spiritual understanding thus we deprive ourselves of the peace found within ignorance. You see, as previously stated, once we observe the truth our peace in ignorance becomes void, we are now accountable to the truth. Example: right and wrong, we don’t understand the difference until we experience each, it is then that we make a lone decision as to which we will operate in. We become accountable! Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:33 (NLT), Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. God’s spiritual wisdom is a life changer and it is easily available to those that truthfully seek it. John 14:26 (NLT), But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative - that is, the Holy Spirit - he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. It is at this point in our relationship with Jesus that we experience Hebrews 4:1 (NLT), God’s promise of entering his rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to experience it. May you find His rest! My prayer this week is found in Matthew 6:9-13 (NLT), 9 Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. 10 May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today the food we need, 12 and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. 13 And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one. Amen HAVE A BLESSED WEEK BY BEING A BLESSING TO OTHERS! For email version send request to…pal249@hotmail.com…03/15/2020

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