Sunday, October 10, 2010

Donkey Wisdom: Knowledge...

Closing a chapter in life today may bring forth a new book of knowledge tomorrow

In standard English, what you read is what you perceive. Closing a chapter in life comes with opening another new chapter. In most situations, the old chapters in life may be unpleasant to go through but to some, it has been a good chapter with bumpy experiences but worth living for. A new chapter must be opened to bring one to a greater level in life. The closing of the chapter might even lead to a totally new life but there is no guarantee that the new book will contain what you have in mind. It is a journey to pursuit the goals in life and to achieve that, one must move forward instead of backwards or stay stagnant in one corner. Men can plan the story line in the new book but it is the Sovereign God, our Creator who maps out the events and determines how the story goes.

Now, let's look at the modal 'may' from the statement made by donkey above. 'May' indicates a possibility. It is possible that knowledge is achieved yet, at the same time, we might not achieve the knowledge that we ought to receive.In general, acquiring knowledge is good. For example, donkey is a high achiever with multiple degrees and donkey has even reached the highest level in education with a permanent head damage. God does mention about knowledge...

Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.
[1 Corinthians 8:1]
Knowledge puffs up one's mind when there is no love in a person. At the end of the road, the knowledge that enlarges the brain, pumps up the self-esteem, inflates the pride, balloons up the ego and removes the love of God from the inside out will make one being resisted by God. The only love donkey has is the love for those who worship the very ground it walks on. Where every philosophical phrase that comes from the wisdom of the donkey, becomes rhema words to those who worship the donkey. Donkey glorifies itself rather than glorifies God and have others glorify God.

The only knowledge that is the most precious that everyone should pursuit is the knowledge of God.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.
[Proverbs 1:7]

No matter how much knowledge you gain through studies and experience, you will never be wiser than God.

Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a "fool" so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight. As it is written: "He catches the wise in their craftiness"; and again, "The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile." So then, no more boasting about men!
[1 Corinthians 3:18-21]
The donkey should be familiar with 'The Parable of the Sower'...

"A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. He who has ears, let him hear."
[Matthew 13:3-9]

"Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."

[Matthew 13:18-23]

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