“Moreover the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was still shut up in the court of the prison, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD who made it, the LORD who formed it to establish it (the LORD is His name): ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’“
Data is the new currency. And the wisdom we have come to know – the living Word we have heard, from Christ, and is Christ – this is of value, infinitely superior in that it is, well, infinite.
Today, it is from this word – ‘infinite’ – that I see another sort of dichotomy in thinking. For understanding our finite state and dwelling on it too much leads to fatal nihilism, while focusing too much on the unseen and the infinite causes us to lose our touch on reality.
It is but timely that Jardine, of all people, would add another perspective to Grace & Truth – Jesus Christ – being our Foundation; He also shares how He can be our Fulcrum – the wise Arbiter who introduces balance in our dichotomies, such as those presented by Mr. Willink, and the one just mentioned above.
Christ brings balance to our perspective on a finite reality and the wonder of infinity, simply by His presence, and union – inseparable union – with us. For who less than the Creator of all, the Creator of Time and of Space; who less than Christ can we trust to weather the vast ocean of facts, and to direct the endless river of Truth? The prospects, or mere thinking of the prospects are enough to break our mortal minds!
We have never been as spoiled with such great vaults of knowledge (for even what we do not know is knowledge in itself) in this day and age, and the weariness we feel is certainly not out of a lack of data, but on the other hand, the immense wealth of knowledge, facts, theory, lists, and sensations are simply overwhelming.
In that sense, everybody in this day and age is virtually rich. Knowledge, as said in the book of Daniel, will increase; it has skyrocketed in the past century, and there’s no stopping it – not yet, at least.
And so the question is, what can be done to use this sort of wealth to its highest efficiency and potential? What is the best use of what we know?
Before moving on, we should know that there are as much problems in abundance – of money, and of knowledge, and in abundance in general – as much as there are problems in lack. Yet no matter where we come from, we are all faced with the abundance of data.
Of course, many would argue, the best use of what we know wouldn’t be known until we start using it; I would agree to this. However, I propose that we put our trust in the Truth, the God in whom all blessings flow… The Truth, who stands when all data loses its value, the same way currency would.
We ought to place our trust in the Truth, who stands when facts are broken by space and worn down by time. Trust the Truth, who made time and space to begin with.
Voltaire said something to the point, that the more we know, the more we understand that we don’t know. I see this as further need for us, not to prioritize the pursuit of knowledge – the gain and use of data – but to trust in the Truth who brought it all into being in the first place.
It’s not just that He’s the Source of it all; But He knows how to use it. And while we behold the waves and are wearied by the storms of knowledge of data, Christ rests, sleeps in the same boat as us, and when we call on him, He speaks, peace…
The same God who spoke the world into being, who spoke light in the formless void, He is the one who speaks to the storms and the sea: ‘Peace, be still.’
Christ is not only the Source of knowledge, but the ultimate authority in all there is to be known. He is the Truth, the living Word, the Word of Life.
Indeed, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.