Today I have been wondering how to publish a new blog post despite a permanent headache, no inspiration, and ongoing dying pains of self in heart and mind. On the one hand, I thought I should write another article, but on the other hand I was truly too worn out. Finally, I laid it all back into God’s hands and after cooking dinner and tidying up the kitchen, He reminded me of a comment I wrote for another blog exactly 3 weeks ago, a comment which had not been approved because of that blog site’s incompatibility with my Google account. The topic on which I wrote was the pros and cons of reading, particularly Christian books, of course. Here’s my comment.
As someone who read thousands of books in her life – and I admit that it was really a sort of “obsession” for me, since, whenever I had a new book in my hands, religious or not, I thought I would dig out Philosopher’s stone 😉 – I am eventually relieved to have seen that every book provided another hint to the truth, however, it was still necessary for THE TRUTH to reveal Himself to me so that I could eventually put all books aside, recognizing the ONE “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Col 2:3 ESV)
I call reading the great amount of books an “obsession” because before starting to bury myself in a new book, I was always excited to get to know a NEW thing (cf. Acts 17:21). Sometimes it really seemed to be that way and I was happy…..but only for a rather short time. Since after reading the whole book, happiness was over and I needed a NEW book to dig out another hidden treasure.
Also, I often wondered how the first Christians could survive spiritually, not only without such books but especially due to the wide-spread illiteracy. Perhaps they relied more on what God’s Spirit confirmed to their hearts than on what they could hear or read…?
I assume as long as not all Christians have come to know the truth, which is Christ in us, publishing Christian books will be necessary, for sure. Nonetheless, I think we need to be cautious to not overemphasize our head knowledge which, alas, diverts our attention and our thoughts from focusing (single-eyed) on searching God with our whole being.
May God help us to find the balance between head and heart knowledge.
“My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh. The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.” (Eccl 12:12-14 ESV)
Only for clarification, if someone loves reading books, please, keep on reading! Actually I would have never tried to rid myself of reading which I gladly did for more than 36 years. But in the blink of an eye, seeing Jesus meant forgetting everything else. And thus, since 2008 I never read a whole book again, only some excerpts of, for me, new writings which the Lord showed me. “Older” things I once read sometimes pop up in my mind as God reminds me of them and then I use such information for my blog posts. Imagine, it is even the same with reading the Bible!! If someone tried to force a Bible reading plan on me, I guess I would go nuts soon. Honestly! 🙂
Since spiritual guidance is ALWAYS surprising…..it cannot be planned – ever.
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