I'm taking a break from my nutrition studies right now and reading one of Matt's seminary books-- Knowing God by J. I. Packer.
The book has been really good so far, but also really eye opening. It brings to light the fact that there is a huge difference between knowing about God and knowing God. It's like stalking someone on Facebook vs being their actual friend. I feel like a lot of us who have been walking in faith for years often get so caught up in the quest for knowledge of scripture, doctrine, and theology that we forget to spend time meditating on the word and praying.
The more I think about it, the more I realize that I fall into that a lot. I love learning about theology. I love being a go-to resource for people. I love having good answers to difficult questions. But all of that is a really self-centered pursuit. It's almost like I'm learning about God for my own gain-- to make myself look smarter. When the mindset I should actually have is that I'm learning more to better understand the character of God.
Matt sent me a quote from John Piper yesterday that is relevant for this topic:
It's so true. I spend hours on social media every day. I spend lots of time cooking food and working out. I spend time reading for nutrition and to learn theology, but I often neglect prayer and meditation.
God is calling us to something much more beautiful than knowledge of facts or a practice of rule-following. He is inviting us into an intimate relationship with himself. And that's not a privilege we should neglect.
The Creator of the universe wants to make himself known to us. And he promises that if we seek, knock, and ask, we will find and be answered.