Posts Tagged ‘knowledge of good and evil’

Adages, quotes, sayings, proverbs abound: “You get what you pay for;” “You made your bed now lie in it;” or simply, “Face the music.” On and on, we are reminded about the consequences of our actions. And still history repeats itself again and again. At least, mine does.

Proverbs 11:27
Whoever seeks good finds favor, but evil comes to one who searches for it.

I’m not saying that I go around looking for trouble necessarily, and yet, I have played very close to the fire and somehow managed to be surprised when I got burned. Of course, we all do it to some degree or another.

Just last night, my son was wisecracking about the messes he gets himself into when he drinks too much. Now, one would think the obvious solution would smack him up along side his head but that is not the case. Was I any different? At his age, I wrapped by head around a toilet more times than I’d like to admit and I nursed horrible hangovers and regretted many things I blurted out to perfect strangers. Duh!

There is a balance point between knowledge, experience, and self-control. Once discovered, like finding the focus point on a balance beam or high wire, it becomes a small wisdom.

I know about consequences. I have experience with consequences. And yet, until I make the better choice before consequences kick in, knowledge & experience have little effect. It’s truly a matter of practice before wisdom becomes a part of character, a part of the soul.

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The jar of clay is everything 3-dimensional about me. It’s the human side of me, the “will,” the “Eve” part. It’s the me who gets sucked right into that tantalizing taste of the “complete works of good and evil” written in the fruit of the tree of knowledge.

II Corinthians 4:7
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

The jar of clay is fashioned by the Creator, but until it is filled, it is merely an ornament. It is the ingredients that determine the ultimate value of the jar.

I think of the wedding scene at Cana where Jesus turned huge jugs of water into wine. Only Christ can miraculously change base ingredients to fruitfulness.

Our jars are mere skeletons of who we are meant to be. The outlines. The sketches.

Not until the jars are fired are they ready for use.

Here is the real paradox of the jar of clay: we are filled with all that is good from God and then we are encouraged to pour it out again. From our perspective, it appears the jar will empty, but God continues to fill it. In fact, the stuff gets better with each filling.

Pour Christ in and pass the jug.

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