I was 15 years old and my older brother had just left home to live his life on his own at the ripe old age of 17. In my brokenness, I fell onto the living room couch telling God what was the use of following Him when He could not even intervene. As if an audible voice inside me responded – He said, “You don’t even know me.” I immediately became very hungry to read, meditate and understand what God was describing about Himself and what He wanted me to do.
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” – Matthew 18:1 NRSV
When I am around those mighty Phd’s in philosophy and theology, I take comfort that my faith, growing and maturing as I spend time with my Father, puts me into my own special relationship with God. I am actually totally dependent on Him. He provides me with everything I need. I may be skeptical or I have been known to argue with Him from time to time, but for the most part I just believe He is the source of my life and is completely necessary.
And all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words that were declared to them. – Nehemiah 8:12 NRSV
So one has to love Ezra who decides to hold a seven-day Bible conference to get the rookies all ordained in the ways and directions that God has established for those who want to journey with Him. Clearly, simply, completely – until they understood every Word. I get it when they leave that conference with so much joy – the truth will set you free!
Now there came to Ephesus a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria. He was an eloquent man, well-versed in the scriptures. He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord; and he spoke with burning enthusiasm and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue; but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained the Way of God to him more accurately. – Acts 18:24-26 NRSV
How encouraging for me to know that even Apollos, a disciple of John the Baptist, was humble enough to know that he did not get it all – most of it – but not everything. Probably had all the dots, just was not quite sure enough on how to make all the connections.
Lord, I am thrilled to have mentors around me to hear me pontificate the importance of what I know and then to have them loving take me aside and explain the Way of God more accurately.