Truth, Wonder, and Why God's Creation Needs Them Both

God created you to be a scholar.

He gifted you with a sense of wonder and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.

Like the First Adam, He placed you here with a mission: to care for His creation and everything in it. He intended for you to use your insatiable curiosity to solve problems, serve others, and glorify Him.

Like the First Adam, God gave you authority over His creation and designated you as His representative on earth. He designed you to uncover all the latent potential of the universe and to establish the proper role between creation and God.

But like the First Adam, many of us have lost sight of the connection between knowledge and God. We have failed to use our scholarship to serve the world around us. Even worse, we have neglected God’s truth, leaving us vulnerable to confusion.

When the serpent in the garden questioned whether God had really said that Adam and Eve shouldn’t eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, he intentionally created doubt. He caused them to question God, and they failed to trust in who they knew God to be.

Adam and Eve disobeyed God, and the result was broken trust and bondage to the enemy. And though we’ve been freed from that bondage, many of us willingly place ourselves under it when we ignore God’s truth.

Many of us fail to glorify God with our knowledge.

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools… They exchanged truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator…

Romans 1:21-25

We’ve placed our faith in our own intellect and reason and we’ve neglected God’s gift of wonder. We’ve chosen to trust the world, and we’ve lost sight of truth.

Consider whether you’ve done the same:

·      Recall the last time you engaged your God-given curiosity.

·      Assess whether you’ve enlisted mentors who are willing to share their hard-earned wisdom with you and point you toward God’s truth.

·      Think back to the last time you escaped the chaos of the world to find quiet time with God.

 The men of Junto Tribe have asked these questions of ourselves, and we have sometimes found ourselves lacking. We understand, though, that we are forgiven, and that Jesus has come to restore our relationship to the Father.

It is never too late for us to reclaim God’s mission for our lives, but we understand that the enemy will do his best to keep us from it because we have the potential to change the world.

When we pair our knowledge with God’s truth, we will have the strength to help others identify the enemy’s bondage in their lives, and we can restore life-giving order to God’s creation.

Most importantly, we will love God’s creation in a way that restores the world to Him.

Recognize today that you have knowledge that the world desperately needs.

If you used it for God’s glory today, how might the world look different tomorrow?

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