“I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts.” Jer 31:33
It’s relatively easy to accumulate knowledge if you put your mind to it. I went through a spell of having 5 or 6 college courses on CD in my car at any time, on topics from Greek philosophy to “great Christians of the world”. I called it Buick University, home of the fighting Taupes.
But I realized that most of this seeking after more and more knowledge was less helpful than I thought. I knew much more than I did, for sure. And that knowledge influences me in lots of ways. However I started to see it as my own attempt not just to “better myself”, but to prove myself to myself.
I think my tradition (Calvinism) pushes this head knowlege a lot. There is so much focus on doctrine, on saying the right thing and doing the right thing. I remember hearing about arguments behind the scenes at church concerning the music not being as doctrinally sound as it should be! And more arguments today about modern praise music being too “easy” or doctrinal. Surprising, seeing that a lot of praise music is lifted literally from scripture.
I’m trying to move less into my head and into my heart. I can know a lot, but if I don’t know God all that other knowlege just puffs me up or, even worse, distracts me from Him. It’s easier to know Calvin or Merton or – gasp – Pau and Moses l than it is to experience God.