Knowledge…

Our last Try-It Tuesday of March is here (wow, where is the year going????)!

fear

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So, who doesn’t want more knowledge?  I know there are some out there who are perfectly content with the amount of stuff they know–and to those people I tip my imaginary hat.  I however am not one who wishes to stop learning.

If we look at this verse, completely, we see that we can gain knowledge.  But there is a word in the verse that makes us stop–fear.  FEAR?  Who wants that?  Fear is what we shouldn’t have as Christ followers, right– 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”  That fear is the kind that makes you shaky, timid.  We’re not talking about that here.

In our verse, “fear” means reverence, honor.  Many people today see God as a mere friend, a kindly old man who hears them when they pray and reaches into His “magical box of tricks” to give blessings.  After all, the God that is preached in some churches is one that is all love, all kindness, all sweetness and light.  Does that viewpoint of God truly give Him reverence?

Just as we cannot pick and choose which Bible verses to believe, we also cannot believe that God only has characteristics that are “warm and fuzzy.”  He is love, kindness, light.  He is also jealousy, anger, wrath.  To view Him in one way or another is doing both Him and yourself a disservice.  Our God is mighty, gentle, fierce, compassionate, holy, forgiving, too “big” to understand, yet personal.  How can a being such as Him not be worthy of our honor?

When we give God our reverence, our “fear,” then something begins to happen.  We open the pages of His Word, and see things differently.  Passages leap off the page, verses fill our hearts, words become permanently etched in our minds.  You see my friend, knowledge comes from God.  He knows all, sees all, created all, is all.  All wisdom and knowledge come from Him–“…Christ, in Whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:2-3 NIV).

Knowledge from books and Internet sources (some are reputable, but NOT ALL!) is great.  God has provided that for His children.  Find your greatest knowledge in His Words.  Today, open the Bible and find a verse that speaks to you. Commit it to memory.  Ask God to show you something new about the words.  Create an image in your mind surrounding the words to help you better recall them.  Show Him your reverence by giving honor to His words.

Some people fear (get shaky) meal preparation.  Let me tell you, there is nothing to fear.  Be adventurous–try new recipes, like the one I’m sharing today.  Cowboy Quiche from The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond uses many ingredients that you have in your home, so you won’t need to buy too many things.  It is full of awesome stuff, and you can serve it anytime during the day. (As a side note, I made this recipe last night.  I accidentally melted the cheese while trying to thaw, nearly burned the onions, and splattered bacon grease–and it was still delicious!  Even when things go crazy, a homemade meal is still possible!!).  A lovely fruit salad would work great with this.  Don’t fear–try the quiche!

cowboyquiche

See you here on Friday for another round of encouraging Scripture and enticing recipes!

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