Today over lunch the Lord gave me interesting insight.

I was talking to my roommate about classroom format. She is an accounting major, and one of her classes is formatted differently than any class I’ve taken: They’ve gone over 80% of the semester’s material before the first test, and then they are spending the rest of the semester going over it in full detail.

I greatly appreciate that format, and I feel like it’s more conducive to learning! Her teacher surveyed the students in one of her accounting classes and it was found to be in agreement that the students would prefer to see the whole picture and then dive into the workings of it all. I am also of that sentiment!

I was thinking, when one does a paper or a speech, the general instruction is to present an overview of the entire discussion that will be given, then to go and look in detail at the components, and then return to a summary. But so many classes don’t do that!

I realized that it is essential in our walks with the Lord for us to approach knowing Him in that way. When we look at the Lord’s character and what it is to walk after Him, we must know the fullness of who He is, at least grasp a bit of it, and then spend the rest of eternity looking at the details.

If we go to the details first, we miss the fullness of who He is!

Think about it. If someone has only been shown the detail, for example, of the loving merciful God, they will go about completely unaware of His justice, and will lose out on their reward when they face Him in the day of judgment – just because they were unaware that God is also a just judge who is to be feared, doesn’t make that any less a part of His character.

Likewise, if one has only been shown Him as the just judge, and knows nothing of His love and mercy, there is great pain in living under that view of Him.

I want Him fully! I think of the book of Ephesians and some of the apostolic prayers I’ve grown so used to hearing –

Ephesians 1:17-20

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.

Ephesians 3:14-20

14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

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