Contemplative Meanderings 1: Knowledge like a river

“The River” Limontea | 2011

“Knowledge makes people arrogant, but love builds people up. If any think they know something, they don’t yet know as much as they should know. But if someone loves God, then they are known by God.”
– 1 Corinthians 8:1-3

To “know” will always involve something of a struggle in the life of faith, because knowing is a process, not a destination. The sin is certainty – to claim arrival is to dismiss our own ignorance.

Yet we arrive at the banks of divine love. To be known by God is surely a destination as much as a process, because the faithfulness of God makes it so. Whereas knowledge may spring up from time to time, the state of being known by the Divine is like a steady river, travelling along and grooving its track. Though it processes, we judge it not a process. Who can tell the difference between one moment and the next when each hold so much divine mercy, knowledge, and love?

To love and to be known is the thing.

Allen Marshall O'Brien

Allen Marshall O’Brien is the pastor of a UCC church in Northern California and co-host of the Irenicast. He believes in the importance of education, peace, and ecology, throws things to his border collie Sonata, and writes for multiple platforms.

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