The Shame of Ignorance

Michael Beck

“Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 3:7)

Scholarship is not necessarily bad; questioning can be good; but not if it places us in a position where we never “come to the knowledge of the truth.”

God has not called us to trust our brains or intuition. He has given us His Spirit and His Word. His Spirit is the Spirit of truth. His word is the Word of truth. Some things are not for us to know; but there are other things He wants us to know and is glad to reveal to us. “The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.” (Deut. 29:29)

All that God would teach us is not to swell our heads with knowledge, but to turn our feet into paths of obedience. He does not want us to be groping like blind men for the wall in the noonday light. He gives wisdom liberally to all who ask for it. Elijah, speaks for the Lord when he says: “How long halt ye between two opinions?” (1 Kings 18:21) We are to ask with the intent to receive; seek with the faith that we will receive. Why? Because God wants us to be wise. He wants us to understand what His will is, so we can do it.

Some people wear skepticism as a badge of honor. But when God would give you certainty, to be ignorant is a shame.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.