A while ago I received an email from one of our readers who has been corresponding with me off and on for a while. He is a person who does a lot of thinking, and as a result, belief comes hard for him, because his keen, curious mind has him looking at things from so many different angles. For every question someone else might have, he will have five. His recent message revealed he was up to his old tricks.
In his own words: “I don’t ‘know’ anything (I guess my ‘knower’ is broke), but I believe that there is a God, simply because of the world around us. Isn’t that what Romans says: that God will make himself known by his creation so that there will be none with any excuse? I am just waiting for him to continue so that once again I can believe that Jesus is the evidence of that.”
I like people like this — people to whom belief doesn’t come easy — because when it comes, it will be solid and true, and those who have gone through this kind of personal process can help others who are struggling in similar ways. C.S. Lewis was a person like this who has helped countless people wrestle with the issues of faith, only because he has wrestled with them himself and written about it.
And I believe it was to these people (well … all of us) that Jesus was speaking, when He said: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). In other words, don’t stop asking, seeking and knocking. These are the people God rewards, and it is an ongoing process. Many people stop this process because they are satisfied with what they’ve gotten, when in reality they have gotten very little.
My friend suggested that his “knower” was broken. I don’t think so. I think his “knower” is working just fine because he is still seeking to know. Your “knower” is only broken when it’s not being used, and it could very well be that there are many people with broken “knowers,” because they stopped asking, seeking, and knocking years ago.
When U2 first recorded, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” it was confusing to many Christians who presumed that Bono was a believer. Aren’t Christians supposed to have already found what they were looking for?
Well … yes, and no.
Coming into a relationship with Christ connects me with God, but it does not end the process of knowing; it just begins it on the right foot. All U2 was saying in this song is that there is much they still want to know. My friend who wrote me the email still wants to know. I still want to know, and I expect to still want to know until the day I die.
How about you? Is your “knower” still working?
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