Come to the Word for one purpose and that is to meet the Lord. Not to get your mind crammed full of things about the sacred Word, but come to it to meet the Lord. Make it a medium, not of Biblical scholarship, but of fellowship with Christ. Behold the Lord. ~ Norman Douty
I spent most of my adult life in a smart church. It was a church of highly educated people who applied themselves diligently to the study of the Word. Our children all knew the books of the Bible by age 5. Most of us could quote chapter and verse to support our position on virtually every topic.
I have no doubt that it was a church made up of individuals with a great love for God. Some of them are among my dearest friends to this day.
The problem wasn’t the church, the problem was me. I learned the grammar, studied the Greek, memorized the passages, all the while equating knowledge with growth. I got smarter but not wiser. After 25 years I knew so much more about the Bible, but not so much more about the Author.
I forgot why I came in the first place. Behold the Lord.