A wealthy man goes deep in the jungle to a village that he had invested in. He had given money so that village could have a library. Upon entering the library, he finds shelves filling the walls and creating aisles, but barely any books. On each shelf there is not more than 2 or 3 books.
Immediately he went to the librarian and demanded to know where all the books had gone. Upon being asked, she looked at him with complete confusion, “The books? Where are they? They are with the people of course.” That small village was so thirsty for knowledge that the people had checked out almost every book in the library.
Now, I’m sure that you and I have both found that that is usually not the case. In every library I have ever visited, there has been barely anyone in it. Nobody wants to learn from all that knowledge. America and other countries like it, have libraries and internet access to all sorts of knowledge, but the general public is not intensely interested in education. It reminds me of a similar scene found in Proverbs 1.
“Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?”
God seems to say in these verses, that wisdom and knowledge are always available, but the majority reject them. They reject both wisdom and knowledge because they hate knowledge and love ignorance.
The Scripture continues to pronounce judgment on those who persist in their ignorance. Think about the general public. Do they fill the libraries and argue over who had the encyclopedia first? Not usually. Unfortunately the masses can be found trampling each other at superstores for that new entertainment device that just went on sale. It’s tragic; it really is.
And while this thirst for ignorance is rampant in the physical world, it can also be found in our spiritual lives. Ignorance of the physical world can bring great bodily harm, (this is why there are warning labels everywhere) but spiritual ignorance has consequences that are far more serious, more deadly, and more eternal.
Consider how much we have available to educate us spiritually.
We have access to Bibles in our language, we have all sorts of online concordances, we have entire websites dedicated to storing sermons, and we have a God that promises to hear us 24/7 whenever we call. Do we pray? Do we read our Bibles? Do we use the resources we have? It is a tragic think for Christians to be Christians find themselves entangled in the same thirst for endless entertainment that enslaves the world.
In the Scripture, Wisdom (or the Lord) give a promise to us if we will stop and listen to His counsel. He says, “I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.” This promise is amazing, and it’s available to anyone who will come.
To those who reject Him, He says, “I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;” God takes spiritual ignorance very seriously.
I encourage you, realize the importance of seeking God and the wisdom that comes from Him. Don’t spend your life in ignorance. Make your life’s pursuit one of a thirst for God and His wisdom and knowledge.
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” – James 4:5
Wisdom calls out in the street.
Do you hear?