1 Corinthians 2:2
2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
There is a world of information readily accessible to us on a device that has become the constant companion of almost everyone. Obtaining and contributing to this flow of stories, gossip, news, instruction, and interaction has come to be understood and accepted as a desirable and worthy occupation of time. Conversations and meditations often reference some insight recently observed and added to a wealth of knowledge. It would seem that having a broader and deeper level of knowledge would be necessary for being aware of what's going on and better responding to it. While having access to information for reference when needed is most valuable, there is a greatly diminishing benefit with a steady consumption of random details. The storing and processing of knowledge require energy and focus that occupy the mind and heart with facts that have no benefit in the development of what is truly needed. The plethora of conflicting perspectives can also have a greatly confusing effect, reducing confidence in anything that has already been known.
Our faith comes to us through the revelation of information from the Word that becomes belief in our hearts. Growing in this knowledge is essential to developing in relationship with a God who provided us with everything we could ever need in Christ. While it may be beneficial to keep abreast of general information in order to deal with it in prayer, when the appetite for information is being fed by a majority of sources with no faith-building nutrients, there is a very detrimental effect on the health of faith. When self-confidence and identity come from random worldly sources and conversations are dominated by superfluous trivia, there is little place left for growth in the most essential understandings of faith. Paul indicates a disregard for anything other than Jesus Christ and what He accomplished for us on the cross. Where there is faith in this, there will be no question or doubt allowed. With a fixation on every unnecessary fact is potential for wondering, questioning, and doubting the truth of God's Word. However, in the removal of worldly elements from their influence on our faith, we can emulate Paul in his exclusive pursuit of knowledge.
"I consider everything else in my life to be subject to elimination for the excellence of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.”
"I love to think on the great, glorious and majestic works of my God and delight in His enduring righteousness."
“I am of God and always overcome, because greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.”
1 John 4:4
"God’s divine power has given me everything that pertains to life and Godliness through the knowledge of Him who has called me to glory and virtue."
2 Peter 1:3
" In Christ I have been given power to cast out all evil spirits and to heal all manner of sickness and disease.”
“From a lifestyle of bringing tithes into the storehouse, I have confidence that God is opening the windows of heaven with a blessing I can’t contain.”
Song - This I Know