Friends, today I am participating in the Idolizing Knowledge series on First and Second Blog. Knowledge of the Word of God is such a vital part of growing in our faith and walking through this life as a believer. There is, however, the other side of the coin: it is easy to fall into idolizing our knowledge of the Word of God. If you have found yourself struggling with this, I recommend reading through the post on this series. Find the guest directory here.
In the last four years, I have spent copious hours studying and memorizing theories, policies, therapy methods, warning signs, conditions, and many other things. You see, I am a Speech & Language Pathologist in the making, currently working on my Master’s degree. I am learning how to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, and social communication skills among others.
But as I have shared this holy space of struggle with these people who have impairments or difficulties, I have come to understand that though all this knowledge is very much needed to find the right ways to live and learn, it will only be useful if it comes out of a heart that loves.
“Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.” (1 Corinthians 8:1)
It took me a good while to see this, to truly understand this — that our souls are made for communing with God. Our hearts have been made to crave that communication with our Lord and Maker, the constant reflection of His wisdom and grace flowing through to our hearts and guiding our steps.
By one definition, a language disorder occurs when a person has trouble understanding others or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings with others. So when our ability to communicate is severed? When we cannot express that feeling, that idea that takes space in our hearts and in our minds?
Suddenly we find ourselves in this confusing, terrifying place that hurts us to the core — and most of the time, we cannot quite understand why.
“Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.” (Charles Spurgeon)
Though I am still very early on in my learning to sit with these people, to share in their journey and try to help them, it has been easy to see that it does not help them when I quote theories that possibly explain why they are experiencing what they are experiencing. It does not help with the anxiety, and it does not help with the hurting.
What these people need — and what I know for myself that I need as well — is for someone to see their pain, to understand their pain and struggle, and to sit with them as we together find ways for them to move on, to get better.
I can see so often that it is the same for us with the Word of God and how we try to use our knowledge of His Word.
A suffering heart is seeking for answers, but it seeks compassion even more. A hurting heart is seeking for healing, but it seeks love and acceptance even more. Though the knowledge of the Word of God will help us, and hopefully others, to draw closer to God and to find answers to the questions that echo loud in our minds — it is always love that touches the needy heart and the searching soul.