As someone who has always loved being a student, this first year of not going back to college or working on a postgraduate degree is weird for me. I am officially in the adult world. While I can’t say I would want to go back to those years now, I do hold them in high regard. School was a place where this nerd could learn all she wanted and challenge her mind to develop. Learning and gaining new knowledge will continually be something I work toward in this life.
As I was reading in 2 Timothy, however, I realized there was a great divide between learning and true knowledge. You see, in 2 Timothy 3:7, Paul says with regard to some of the church women that they were “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
How could learning and knowledge not lead to the same result? Aren’t their purposes the same? Perhaps in the dictionary these two words lead to one end, but not in this situation.
These women were learning, but they weren’t receiving true knowledge. They were having lectures and arguments fed to them, but they weren’t checking those things against what they knew to be true about Jesus Christ. They were taking the word of man over the word of God, substituting blemished human understanding for God’s transcendent, perfect wisdom.
The women kept learning, but they were learning lies rather than the Word of Life. What they were filling their minds and hearts with was darkness instead of Light. Their learning was not leading them to true knowledge, it was leading them into deprivation and deceit.
For all my friends who are going back to university or school this year, please hold true to God’s truth. In a world that wants nothing more than to drive God out of every aspect of humanity, I pray that we would cling more tightly to Him and refuse to let go. People and professors will try to have you compromise your beliefs. They will come at you with arguments and “scientific fact”, but I urge you to trust in the One who created everything.
We can spend the rest of our lives learning in school or in the real world, but if we aren’t grounded in the true knowledge of Jesus Christ, we aren’t really living. Be strong in who He has called you to be and do not back down when adversity comes your way. “Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:7)