Are You In The Know? by James Merritt

ARE YOU IN THE KNOW?
Dr. James Merritt
Job 19:23-27
5-27-01

INTRODUCTION
1. Most of us don't remember, but many years ago
doctors used to make house calls. That is, they would
actually come to your house with their little black
bag, and they would examine you. One day a man took
deathly ill, and his wife called the doctor and the
doctor came out to the house.

2. When he walked in, the wife told him that her
husband was upstairs. He told her to wait there; he
went upstairs; was gone for a little while; after a
few minutes came down and asked for a screwdriver.
She gave him one. He went back upstairs; several
minutes later he came back down and asked for a can
opener. She gave him that.

3. He went back upstairs and shortly thereafter he
came back and asked for a hammer and a saw. Well,
finally the worried wife couldn't stand it any longer
and she said, "Doctor, please tell me what is wrong
with my husband?" The doctor said, "I don't know yet.
I can't get my bag open."

4. You can have a great deal of knowledge about a
great many things, but if you do not know the right
things, at the right time, for the right occasion,
then it really doesn't matter what else you do know.

5. We are living in a world that is sinking in a sea
of subjectivism and reeling on the road of relativism.
More and more people are becoming less and less sure
that they know more and more about anything. Years
ago, someone once wrote this in a periodical, and it
really captures the times in which we live:

The world is engulfed in an almost limitless quagmire
of opinions, while there is a dearth of convictions.
This inevitably makes for confusion and despair.
Opinions are abundant while convictions are scarce.
Opinions are produced by the superficial, while
convictions are the result of agonized struggle.
Opinions are what we think, while convictions are what
we know. Opinions are conjectures or guesses, while
convictions are firm beliefs founded on evidence. An
opinion is something that we may change, but a
conviction is something that changes us. . .one will die
for a conviction, but never for an opinion.

6. It is refreshing, in the day and age in which we
live, to hear someone get up and not just say I think
this, or I assume this, or I imagined this, or I
guessed this, or I supposed this, or even I believe
this, but to say, I know this.

7. Job was that kind of man. Every time you hear the
name Job you can't help but feel a wave of pity come
over you. You talk about a man who knew trouble. He
lost his family, he lost his fortune, he lost his
friends. In the little cemetery behind his house lay
the graves of all ten of his children. His big bank
account was now full of IOUs.

8. Everything that could go wrong had gone wrong.
Then out of the black cloud of his life, came a silver
lightning bolt of truth that was so marve ...


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