The certainty of knowing is a medicine of incalculable worth. I breathe knowing unseen air is present in this room. I know (brake inspections help), my Subaru will slow down when I push my foot against the pedal. If I miss eating several meals I am aware that I will easily get cold outside. After 23 years of marriage I have a good sense of what my wife will or will not do. What I know shapes my behavior, reflects my beliefs and gives me a confidence that ignorance could not manufacture.
There is a phrase that I am becoming weary of hearing among Christians. Three short words that convey a very sad truth—“I used to . . .”
Caution! Beware of turning your own experiences into principles for others to follow. Experiences are wonderful when kept in the proper context. However, when our experiences take center stage instead of Jesus Himself, we are in danger of becoming junior holy spirits. The Bible tells us God imprisoned Paul and allowed him to suffer greatly in ministry. Spiritual giant that he was, Paul did not preach to others that they must suffer as he did to grow. He did not superimpose his experiences or his well-honed ministry skills on the Corinthians when he visited them. He came with a fresh determination to worship Christ with them on a daily visible basis. Are you living a Christian life that is rich because you are feeding each day from new times with the Lord? Or, are you surviving on the dwindling fat of what God did for you in the past?