The ONE THING for today

Do you really want to know that?

  • Genesis 3:7 (NKJV) Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked

One of the great questions of life is: Do I really want to know this?

We human beings are incurably curious. Our curiosity has landed men on the moon and robots on Mars. If a rock is there we want lift it up and look under it. If a mountain is there we want to climb to the top and see if there is anything at the top. We see a hole in that mountain and we want to go inside and check it out, and if there is no hole we’re just tunnel through anyway.

Indeed, our curiosity has propelled us to the heights and the depths—geographically, intellectually and also morally.

In all lies there is an element of truth (that is what makes them believable) and Satan was right when he said, “For God knows that in the day you eat of it (the tree of knowledge of good and evil, Genesis 2:17) your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:5).

Nothing puts you in the position of being like God than knowledge. Knowledge is not neutral—there are always moral obligations that come with that knowledge and frankly, I’m afraid in many cases we are not enough like God to make the right choices with the knowledge that is at our finger-tips.

Eating from the Tree of Knowledge has never been more readily available. At a click you can have more information about virtually any subject than you could possibly digest in lifetime.

But here’s the ONE THING for today: Do you really need to know it?

It is one thing to seek to unlock the secrets of the universe; it is another thing to feed the insatiable desire in the human soul for juicy gossip and the delectable tidbits about people’s private lives.

Maybe it’s being a pastor for so many years and seeing things and hearing things that I wish I had never seen and heard, but believe me, there are many things that it is just best you do not know—for to know them will require a moral decision from you.

The danger is, we often know just enough to make us dangerous. It’s easy to arm-chair quarterback and say what we’d do or what ought to be done but we don’t have all the information. Actually only God does, that’s why it’s best to just leave some things to God and like the Psalmist declare:

Psalm 131 (NKJV)

1 Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, Nor with things too profound for me.

Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, Like a weaned child with his mother; Like a weaned child is my soul within me.

Yeah, there are just some things you and I don’t need to know…let’s not even go there, let’s tune out the noise.


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