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DEVOTIONS FOR MEN
Occasionally we will find bits of wisdom outside of the Scriptures, but that wisdom is usually based on principles and wisdom that corresponds with--and may already have been expressed in--God's Word. For example, consider this quote: "No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance." - Confucius
There are all sorts of knowledge and benefits to be gained from reading, but not all knowledge is useful. It is okay to be ignorant of some things! We need to choose wisely what knowledge is most beneficial to us. Psalm 119:105 (NIV) says "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." Who is the real authority to guide our "walk" through life other than the One who said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me"? (John 14:6, NIV) At one point when many of Jesus' disciples "turned back and no longer followed him" (see John 6:66-69, NIV), Jesus asked the twelve, "You do not want to leave too, do you?" Peter answered, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life."
The Bible may still be the best seller of all books, but it is probably the least read. Our courts don't accept ignorance of the law as an excuse for some transgression or not living up to the law. How thorough is your knowledge of God's Word? Ignorance of God's Word is self-chosen. Do not surrender yourself to it.