Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. (Proverbs 30:5 NRSV)

No one has to convince us that there are many things which we will never comprehend. That's true in our everyday lives as well as theology. That's the problem with living in the so-called information age: we realize that there is so much we do not and cannot know.

Knowledge is exploding all around us.

Go back with me to the year 1292. The Sorbonne Library in Paris housed 1,338 books, most handwritten, representing nearly all of humankind's accumulated knowledge spanning a few thousand years. In contrast, today, worldwide, about that many books are published every day. Feeling a little overwhelmed? You have a right to be.

Or fast forward with me to just a hundred years ago. It is said that one edition of the Sunday NEW YORK TIMES contains more information items than the typical adult one hundred years ago was exposed to during his entire life. Where will it all end?

Thousands of new magazines and journals were launched in the United States in the last few years. The Harvard Library subscribes to more than 160,000 journals. Information is exploding all around us. It is a challenge just to keep up. But keep up we must.

We must also keep up in understanding God. To know God we must read God's word the Bible. The Bible is a big and long book containing many smaller books. At times, It is not easy to read, but it will bring us greater understanding of our creator.

Loving God, let me not forget or falter in reading your word. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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