The Power of Knowledge

The Power of Knowledge
Guest Post by Katelyn Vergakis

If you could know anything, what would you want to know?

We all have an insatiable desire to know something. It’s what drives new discoveries, new creations, and new ideas. We may want to know where we will be in five years, or when the pandemic will be over, or how to create light without a lightbulb or a candle. Yet that information escapes us until given proper permission. Want to know what happens in five years? Wait five years and see.

Scripture says that the Lord’s ways are above our ways, His thoughts above our thoughts, and His knowledge is above our knowledge. In The Saga of the Volsungs, one woman, Gudrun, touches on knowledge in a poignant way. Having just learned her future and that of her husband’s, she says, “The grief of knowing such things overwhelms me” (78). An overabundance of knowledge can hurt us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Overwhelming emotions can lead to physical pain, as I (along with anyone else that has struggled with depression) have experienced. Having “God knowledge” changes us into trusting ourselves and not Him, hurting our spiritual lives.

I have heard pastors speak about the walk of faith in such a way, often giving the story of Mary. Mary, mother of Jesus, gives the humble, simple response of “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38 ESV) upon receiving the clearly-written story of her future.I wonder if her response had changed, should she have known what was ahead—her son being mocked, disbelieved, tortured, and crucified before her very eyes

The Lord reveals His will in His timing, not ours, often using this as a method of teaching us patience. He teaches us to lean into Him, instead of relying on our own strength.

Take, for example, a cardboard box. Imagine that this cardboard box represents your strength. Now imagine sitting on it for hours upon hours, days upon days, weeks upon weeks. What would happen? It would crumble, folding in on itself, and soon, you’d be on the floor. In the same way, leaning on our own strength leads to even more brokenness. Now, if you sat on a well-crafted chair for years upon years, would it crumble under you? Probably not. I know the analogy breaks down a bit, as do all human analogies, but the idea stands. Leaning into and relying on God’s strength is like sitting in that chair. It never breaks down; it always supports and carries you. God will always be there for you, holding and carrying you when you cannot lift yourself. In our weakness, He is our strength.

“God will always be there for you, holding and carrying you when you cannot lift yourself. In our weakness, He is our strength.” -Katelyn Vergakis

Another example can be found within the book known as Thunder Dog, a story about the 9/11 attacks. The story tells of a blind man who worked in the World Trade Center, accompanied by his service dog, Roselle. He survived the attacks because of his trust in his guide. He now travels around the world speaking about 9/11 and the important relationships between guide dogs and the people they lead. 

In the same way as the blind man and Roselle, when we can’t see our path, the Lord leads us where we should go and never leaves our side. 2 Corinthians 5:7 calls us to “Walk by faith and not by sight”, so that we learn through experience how to better trust our Lord.

 If we knew everything to come, we would fight God all the more. We would say “I don’t need you! I know everything about myself and my future.” How can we walk the walk of faith if we are fighting the one who gives us our belief? How can we trust in our Saviour while attempting to trust ourselves and our limited, human strength?

Developing our trust in Christ is what pushes us to the other side. Like an athlete working day in and day out to achieve a single victory, we must build our trust for the greatest victory: Christ’s. It’s through Him that we can say “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship” (Louisa May Alcott). If you trust in the Lord and His perfect plan, then you will find that He will work all things together for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28). All you have to do is take His hand and hold on for the ride. 

-Katelyn Vergakis

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Monday Heckling: The Ballad of the Songbirds and the Snakes

Monday Heckling: The Ballad of the Songbirds and the Snakes
Note: this post was supposed to be published on Monday

Statler: Ah, Mrs. Collins has published another book, I see. Are you going to read it?

Waldorf: Read it? I’m going to use it!

Statler: Use it for what?

Waldorf: As kindling for my fire!

*The two chuckle*

Thank you Statler, and you, Waldorf, for that wonderful intro. I really don’t know what I’d do without you guys.

Since today is the first day of what will be many, many “Statler and Waldorf book reviews” to come, I may as well explain how I intend to conduct such posts. These will be published on Mondays, as the title insinuates, and will cover any book I have read within the past few weeks. Books will be given a summary, a star rating out of 5 (I will not give 5 stars unless the books are amazing), and a small, individual critique from both Statler and Waldorf. I may add more features as the posts continue, but this is how I intend to begin.

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Grasping Achilles’ Spear: Human Power and Courage in The Iliad and the Bible (Guest Post)

Grasping Achilles' Spear: Human Power and Courage in The Iliad and the Bible
Guest post by Philip Soen

Greetings everyone. My name is Philip Soen and I am Elisha McFarland’s uncle. Presently, I live in Dallas, Texas, where I have been studying to become a university professor. This last July (2020) I had the privilege of vacationing in St. Albans, West Virginia. There Elisha’s family hosted my two daughters and me. Time with the McFarlands was wonderful, and I had the special privilege of connecting with Elisha and his younger brother Noah. All three of us slept in the same room and would often stay up late talking about the day’s events, entertainment, or theology. I very much enjoyed both Elisha and Noah and their flourishing interest in knowing the ultimate things about God and his word.

After I returned from my vacation, Elisha invited me to post an entry on his blog. The topic is power for courageous action. This particular topic interests me greatly because the world is full of danger, and without any power to conquer threatening forces, valiant action is impossible. As far as I’m concerned, courageous action is the only way forward in a world that seeks to destroy life, dishonor good people, and denigrate the triune God. Where, however, can one obtain power for such action?

This is a perplexing question. Courage may be a man’s greatest desire, but such a man could go his entire life without an ounce of such a quality. So, where can anyone get power for courageous action? I stumbled upon the answer when reading through Homer’s Iliad the other day. (Have you ever read The Iliad?! If you haven’t, you should). The answer? Achilles’ spear.

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How to Use Discernment in an Age of Illiteracy

How to Use Discernment in an Age of Illiteracy

Dear Christian,

False teachers are everywhere. Everyone thinks that they’re the next John Piper, prepared to give controversial opinions with little care given to the legitimacy of their claims.

In an age of false news and quick, unresearched opinions, it can become almost impossible to properly research current events. Every smalltime blogger, podcaster, youtuber, and writer thinks that their take on current events is the most factual, needed piece of content on the web, and they’re usually wrong.

This extends beyond the news and into the Christian world. Thousands of “Christian bloggers” surround themselves with a small audience, then begin peddling false gospels and heresies, all while convinced of their own necessity and puffed up by their knowledge.

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