Knowledge Shall Increase

"Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase."
-Daniel 12:4, emphasis added

Now let us look at the last half of that phrase in  Daniel 12:4 , which is almost an understatement when you think about life in the twenty-first century!

Today, we sit atop a database containing what is arguably the sum total of the world's accumulated knowledge every time we sit down to browse the Internet.

From wooden boats with sails to space shuttles and hypersonic orbiters; from clay tablets and a stylus to MP3's and DVD's that I can watch or create on the personal computer that can also be my phone, television, radio, stereo, workstation, word processor, electronic document file, movie studio, sound studio, telephone answering service, fax machine, copy machine and printer. And a million other things.

[Our] generation is unique in all human history. Never has humanity been forced to come to terms with so many issues simultaneously-issues for which we have no historical precedent to use as a guide. The explosive growth of knowledge has us reeling from what humanist writer Alvin Toffler terms "future shock." It is only in this generation that last year's encyclopedia is about as useful as last month's newspaper. It has been said that the sum of human knowledge from the Flood to 1850 doubled once. It doubled again following World War II. The doubling of human knowledge increases exponentially.

In light of the exponential growth of knowledge since World War II especially, let me ask you this question: In comparison, how is your growth in the grace and knowledge of your Lord and Savior? Do you see an ever-increasing difference in your understanding of God and His Word from one year to the next?

One way to evaluate your life to answer that question is to think of Scripture you've learned which has revealed a deeper understanding of God. Or perhaps you can recall a difficult circumstance you've endured, and how such suffering drew you closer to the Lord so that you are now more able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which [you yourself were] comforted by God (2 Corinthians 1:4). Praise the Lord for the spiritual growth He's granted so far, and then ask Him to strengthen weak areas so that you can better "pass on the faith" to others.

All believers are to become teachers of others, whether it is in a church setting, in the home, spreading the gospel, or exhorting a friend or neighbor in the Word. The writer of Hebrews tells us that we ought to be teachers . . . of full age, . . . who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil (Hebrews 5:12-14). But anyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe (Hebrews 5:13).

If you have not yet done so, I urge you to get into the Word of God regularly so that you can gain the knowledge and wisdom that are necessary to teach others! For God says that we are to be redeeming the time, because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16)!

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