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Mission Possible – Ensure Quality Education for All: Understanding

Key Verse

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Proverbs 9:10 (NIV)

Short Reflection

The best education leads not only to knowledge; it leads to understanding. God is the One who helps us move from just knowledge to understanding.

Life can be complicated and challenging to make sense of, even (and sometimes especially) when we have lots of knowledge. When we look at things through our limited perspective, a perspective that is often self-centric, sometimes life makes sense and sometimes it doesn’t. This should lead us to question the value of the self-centric life, but it rarely does.

When we acknowledge that God is in a dimension that far exceeds our own, it is much easier to accept that not everything will make sense to us. Knowledge, especially knowledge of the Holy One, should lead us to this conclusion and to this level of understanding.

I have worked with the materially poor for most of my adult life. I have learned many things from them. Perhaps the most important thing I have learned from them is how important the knowledge of God is. Quality education isn’t just what happens with a book or in a classroom, it’s what we learn through life.

This is the fourth in the “Ensure Quality Education for All” series of blog posts on our Journey to Palpable Kingdom Presence.

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