Have you heard the expressions “What you don’t know can’t hurt you.” and “Ignorance is bliss.”? I’m sure most of you have. It’s the belief that if we stay in the dark about something then we don’t have to worry about it, deal with it, or possibly be hurt by it. But staying ignorant or uninformed about things can lead to a lot of problems.
If a child stays ignorant about the danger of cars, they are much more likely to run or even play in the street. If women are ignorant about the health risks of smoking while pregnant they could cause harm to their babies. Ignorance can lead to fear, worry, danger and even death.
In our study, we are talking about believing truth over lies, but before we can do that we need to know where some of these lies come from and one place the lies we believe are birthed is in our own ignorance.
Many of us are ignorant of what the world believes and, worse yet, many of us are ignorant of what the truth of God’s Word is.
Ignorance of God’s Word can lead to faulty beliefs, weak faith, cold hearts, and sin of various kinds. Therefore God calls us to know and believe His Truth so that we can eradicate the lies found in our lives.
- God calls us to know the Truth
In the Old Testament, the priests were called to make a sacrifice for the people who had committed a sin out of ignorance (Leviticus 4). God expected His people to know His Truth because that is how they protected themselves from falling into sin (Psalm 119:11). How often have we done things that turned out wrong because of our ignorance?
If I am honest, remaining ignorant is sometimes easier. But as hard or uncomfortable as some truths can be, we are called to know the Truth that God has chosen to reveal to us. Some things in His Word will be easy for us to understand, and others will be more difficult. Your Bible needs to be your daily guide to knowing and loving God and the Truth that He wants us to know. Then you will be able to spot the lies that try to sneak into your day.
- His call us to believe the Truth
But not only do we need to know what truth is, we also need to believe it. It is one thing to know it in our brains and another to believe it in our hearts. If we believe something we will stand up for it and defend it even to the point of death.
The Truth of God is becoming more and more unpopular and you will only follow and love it if you really believe it. When it comes to the lies we encounter, we will only be able to fight them if we actually believe that what God says is the real Truth. If we don’t, we will fight half-heartedly and, eventually, the lies will win.
- God calls us to test and tell
In 1 Thessalonians 5:21 we are encouraged to “test everything; hold fast what is good.” We need to constantly be weighing everything we are taught against God’s Word to make sure that what is going into our brains and possibly sinking into our hearts is the Truth.
What are you hearing on TV? What thoughts and ideas are popular in the world? Just because a majority believes something does not mean that it is right or true. Actually, truth is often very unpopular. Use what you learn in the Scriptures to identify and weed out the lies that hide in your lives.
But we are also called to go beyond our own lives and be willing to point out lies found in our communities, world, and possibly even in the lives of our friends. This takes wisdom and tact and lots of prayer.
Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance will lead us into sin, whether by accident or on purpose, and in the end it will bring us misery. God’s Word is Truth because God is Truth, and it will bring us peace.
I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. – Psalm 119:11
Looking to Jesus,
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