INFORMATION OVERLOAD: Exposure to an endless array of tapes, sermons, books, articles, seminars, and Christian radio.
Why is it that with all this information at our fingertips our lives are often out of joint, our marriages strained, and victory over sin remains an illusive ideal?
For one thing, we wrongly assume that knowledge of the truth will change our lives, when in reality it only heightens our awareness, and increases our guilt.
Surprisingly, the Scriptures suggest that exposure to too much knowledge may actually be ruinous:
- “In much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain.” (Ecclesiastes 1:18)
- “The writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearing to the body.” (Ecclesiastes 12:12)
- “Always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 3:7)
So what is missing? Consider Hebrews 4:2:
“For indeed we have had the good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them because it was not united by faith in those who heard.”
Exposure to the truth is of no value to us unless that truth is translated into faith as evidenced by obedience. For three years Judas Iscariot lived with the Truth, but ended his life in suicide. Familiarity with the Truth without application spelled personal destruction.
James reminds us to:
“Prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” (James 1:22)
So, our problem lies not in the fact that we need more truth. Rather, we simply need to respond in faith and obedience to the truth we already possess!