Ever Learning but Never Knowing—Day 4
II Timothy 3: 7

“Always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

ever_knowing_postLet us begin today’s devotional meditating with this thought: Are we always learning, however, unable to determine what actually matters?

Why is that?

This was Paul’s charge against those incessant learners. Much time, energy and effort were spent learning, but they still had not come to know the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The picture that our writing depicts is one where the women are always seeking something. However, they are listening patiently to nonsense. All of this is done without discernment. Moreover, they have hopes of retrieving something worth finding.

Does that sound familiar? Looking and desiring something and the very thing we want once we receive it, it still does not satisfy.

Nevertheless, in the devotional passage the inability to discover this “knowledge of truth” is linked to the sin that burdens their conscience.

“A sin-laden conscience is easily tempted to seek the easiest method of relief. And that method of getting relief from a sin-laden conscience, is the embracing of a false religion, one that satisfies the religious instinct of the individual, and at the same time fails to deal with the sin question and the true way of salvation.” [1]

In other words, these women were looking for something that would ease their conscience.

As we think about that, let us ask ourselves, what were you looking for when you came to the Lord?

Remember, sin keeps us from the truth; sin keeps us believing those who are not encouraging us in truth.

How? Where there is sin, there is vulnerability. This vulnerability is susceptible to false teachers and false teachers keep us from the truth.

Question: Are you trying to know God without addressing your sin?


Lord, we realize that because we recognize our need for a Savior, You have made truth available and we say thank you, Amen.


[1] Wuest, K. S. (1997). Wuest’s word studies from the Greek New Testament: for the English reader (2 Ti 3:6). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.