Editor’s note: This was the Pastor’s Desk column from last week. I kept it short for space issues as a backup for the previous week’s column and then let it run last week because I had writer’s block and couldn’t think of anything else to write.
There is an old saying, “ignorance is bliss.” The Bible says something similar, “Folly is a joy to him who lacks sense, but a man of understanding walks straight ahead.”(Proverbs 15:21)
While ignorance may provide bliss, it also prohibits growth. If we chose to remain ignorant, in any area, we close off the path to growing and cannot walk ahead. The cure for ignorance is wisdom or understanding. Wisdom is available to us through those who have walked the path ahead of us. Paul talks about the difference between the two in Ephesians 4:17-32 as he encourages us not to walk in ignorance, as we did before coming to know Christ; but rather we are to be renewed in our minds and put on the new self, that is created after the likeness of God. Elsewhere Paul says it like this, “And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” (Colossians 1:9-10). Who wants bliss based on ignorance instead of blessings based on understanding?