We are “information” driven people. Our lives are fueled and navigated by facts, numbers and mind-boggling details. We even have devices that facilitate the never-ending tsunami of data we receive through our five senses with alarms confirming our appointments via beeps, rings, vibrations, and our favorite tune. In these virtual spheres, we hear philosophy, politics, entertainment and a host of other things that make up the knowledge ecosystem.
I believe, however, that never has there been a time where there is so much information but so little wisdom – So much talking but very little communication – Like Simon and Garfunkel’s song that described “People talking without speaking, People hearing without listening,”.
Never in the history of the world has there been more debate, more arguments, more words and so little meaning.
Do we know what we are starving for?
Frederick Buechner shares about the prophet Amos’ prediction that what will really kill them in the end they are oblivious to.
“But according to Amos, it won’t be the shortage of food and fun that will hurt. It will be the shortage “of hearing the words of the Lord” (Amos 8: 11). Toward the end, God will make himself so scarce that the world won’t even know what it’s starving to death for (Amos 6–8).
We are starving for a revelation of God and were created with such an appetite. Where information are facts that can be dissected and manipulated, revelation puts us at the mercy of what we see. It is seeing the person of God with the spiritual eye He gave you. – That transforms you! The scriptures say that “God’s Word tried Joseph”. These are not words on a sheet but an illumination that comes from seeing of God.
What happens when God enters the conversation in the “media sphere universe”?
It verifies the aching need in us all that there is more than just cold reason and data. There is something hard wired into us that hungers for revelation.
Information is not necessarily the enemy of revelation. It can be the bread crumbs that lead to the main course, but it can never substitute for revelation. Information can tell you about yourself, but seeing God can tell you who and what you really are, and where you need to go.
I believe that many books marketed to Christians in an attempt to be practical and relatable have become top-heavy on information and bottom light on revelation.
I like the way Jeremiah put it:
“When Your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear Your name, LORD God Almighty” (Jeremiah 15:16).