I still find it hard to drink water from a fire hydrant. This past weekend Southeastern Seminary held its annual 20/20 Conference. Each year they bring scholars, leaders and pastors from around the world to speak on each year’s conference topic. This year the focus was on the reliability of the scriptures and the speakers did not hold anything back from delivering Biblical truth. There are times when learning can feel so overwhelming that we quickly feel under water, drowning in a sea of words too thick to discern. We want to turn the fire hydrant off, head inside, grab a choice container, slowly turn on the tap and drink at leisure.
Paul writes to us these words in 1 Corinthians 2:7, “However, we do speak a wisdom among the mature, but not a wisdom of this age.” Paul tells us that the mysteries of God are hidden from man and these mysteries are being revealed by God for us to see His glory. Our sinful, fallen, nature has blinded us from the beauty of our God but, we must be faithful to seek Him as He does the work of revelation.
When I hear men of God who are rightly handling he Word of God and yet the Word they are sharing with me I am not grasping hold of at that moment, I do not turn them off. When I feel something is too much for me, I would rather pull back from this blast of knowledge and ask myself, how will I ever be able to learn and know if what is being said is glorifying God? Well, discipline has already set me up for that. I plan out before I enter into a teaching session to have a pen available and paper ready to take notes for the purpose of grabbing hold of the Word so that I can go back in the future to study the things I have just heard.
I would encourage you, when someone or something is being taught or preached, don’t turn off the words of the proclaimer. Rather, have pen and pad ready so that you will not miss the Word that God has for you. If the fire hydrant is too much, grab what you can and sip on it later. Take all the glory God has to offer you. God wants you to grow in wisdom, be faithful to seek Him not just when you are in class or in preaching, but seek Him continually, desiring to see Him more.