Bible knowledge will only get you so far.

Recently I was challenged by a friend’s prayer, “Please Lord let the knowledge of You that is in my head move 18 inches lower to my heart.” She later told me that she got the idea from a book by  Ann Graham Lotz. Regardless of where she got it, it was a brave prayer request and one that I’ve been pondering since she said it.

How does it move from our head to our heart? For me it’s been through heart breaking experiences. When my heart has been broken wide open and I have nothing else to hold onto except God, that’s when I’ve been able to truly claim the knowledge of who He is for myself. Reading and studying about Him cannot compare to experiencing Him firsthand. God will never get our full attention until He’s the only answer we can look to.

David, the man after God’s own heart said it like this:

My suffering was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees.  NLT Psalm 119: 71

I would say it like this:

Lord, I wish it didn’t take a season of suffering for me to pay attention to Your words. But I’m so glad that you loved me enough to allow me suffer to the point of seeing who You really are. Before I knew of You, now I know You!

Yes, our Bible knowledge will only get us so far… and then we have to draw on it.