Sunday, 16 October 2016

10 Minute Daily Retreat: October - Gift of Knowledge

Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Louise Crossley (No.223)
“I the Lord search the heart
    and examine the mind,
to reward each person according to their conduct,
    according to what their deeds deserve.”
Jeremiah 17:10

The gift of knowledge is summed up beautifully in this passage. It is the heart, mind and body together that God expects us to use to receive and impart knowledge.
But what is this gift?

My interpretation is: the collecting and sharing of wisdom. The information collected is reflected upon and used to improve ourselves and strengthen our weaknesses. The information shared is meaningfully distributed to improve the wellbeing of others and not for the sake of revenge or gossip.

The gift of knowledge is precious in another way too. It is like an heirloom of jewellery sometimes given to European children – each receive a piece that is similar in its element and age but the jewellery itself is different depending on the child’s position in the family. 

The youngest child might receive a bracelet. The middle child might receive a necklace. The eldest child might receive their mother’s wedding ring. 

In the same way, the Lord gives us various capacity of knowledge according to where he born us in society. He expects us to use this gift to the best of our ability.

Overall, the gift of knowledge is the appreciation of the heirloom that God has given to us – not wishing for the wedding ring if we were given the bracelet but using the full value of the wedding ring if we have been entrusted with it. 

Importantly, it is the willingness to spend the value the heirloom in deeds deserving of His reward.

Read the scripture slowly. 
Reflect on its meaning for you.
Listen for God's voice in the stillness. 
Pray for God's blessing upon you.

Louise Crossley