It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. – Epictetus
Paul spent 3 years in the desert unlearning Phariseeism, to learn the ways of God; only to realize learning the ways of God take the rest of one’s life.
Many of us as Christians have been on the battlefield many years. We sometimes think we’ve seen it all and know all there is to know. But only God knows all His ways and where we are deficient. And often he has to break us in order to reach us. We say things like ‘God does not waste a hurt, heartache, pain, or opportunity;” and if that be true then maybe we should pay attention to what God is trying to teach us. These things come not to teach us what we already know, but to show us God is at work in our lives in a totally new manner. So as situations arise today and later on, remember God is at work, not to reinforce what we think we know, but to show us what we need to know. Stay alert!
“You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” – John 5:39-40