I have heard the phrase ignorance is bliss pretty much my whole life. The other day someone made a statement about someone being ignorant and in the context used it meant that the person had no knowledge about a particular matter and that is a correct way to use the word. It doesn’t mean a person is stupid, but rather, uneducated or uniformed about a particular matter. But, hearing it got me to thinking, and why I didn’t think of it before, ignore is the root word from which ignorant is derived. (Yeah, I know….a definite Captain Obvious moment.) While ignorant does mean uneducated, but since it contained ignore I wondered if there was more to the meaning. So, I looked into it and in addition to meaning uninformed it also means to deliberately ignore or disregard important information or facts. So, ignorance isn’t simply not knowing, it is more importantly knowing and not using the information you know.
Thinking about that, I wonder how many people that claim to be Christian, or maybe they don’t claim to be but they were raised as Christians, that go about their lives ignoring God’s commandments or in other ways sinning. I wonder how much worse it is to KNOW the truth, but to ignore it. Pretending what one does is fine and not offensive to God. How many Christians know what God wants, but still do something different, perhaps not sinning exactly, but having God speak to their hearts so they know what He wants from them, but ignore it and do what they want to do. I will admit, that has been me a lot of times; knowing exactly what He wants me to do but not do it. Not actually committing a sin but still not following His plans for me. Of course, there are times I have known He didn’t want me to do something and did it anyway. I’m not talking about sinning, but instead when given options there are times I have KNOWN which He wanted me to do, but doing the other. This is in regards to many facets of my life where I didn’t sin, but ignored what I could feel God wanted me to do and ignored that, taking the path He didn’t want me to take. He didn’t punish me, but He didn’t bless me as He would have if I had listened. Choosing one option when there is no doubt that God has something better planned for me if I follow His guidance. BUT, I am sometimes headstrong and stubborn. Good thing for me He is forgiving and merciful.
I know I am not alone in doing such things. I have seen many Christians that during conversations they have told me things they felt God trying to do with them, for them, yet they don’t do what He wants. Many take a path that God does not want them to take and they know it, they ignore God’s plan and make up their own. I know that no matter what happens, they won’t be blessed the same as if they had not ignored God.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. Hosea 4:6
Here, He talks about His people rejecting knowledge, that sounds to me like they actually KNEW but turned their back on His laws. They ignored what they knew.
30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.
33 So Paul departed from among them.
Now we see that God, while He may not like ignorance (the not knowing kind,) He tolerated it, but as it says, He has given the message to repent and provided a way to do so, to be forgiven of our sins and when told about it, they rejected (or ignored) the knowledge they were given.
24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
Obviously, God does not want us to ignore Him or His will. Yet, people have not really changed since the Old Testament.
Lord, I praise You and thank You for the blessings that You give me. I thank You for my salvation through the sacrifice that Jesus made for me on the cross. I thank You that my ignorance of You and Your plan for me did not cause You to turn Your back on me, even though that is what I deserved. I worship my Lord that is patient, merciful and graceful, who loves me so much He allows me to be ignorant, but then when I do finally listen He blesses me. I pray in the name of Jesus that You help me not be ignorant of your will or way, teach me so I have the knowledge and help me not be so foolish as to ignore You. I ask that You help me better learn Your will and way for me and help me better have the mind of Christ. I pray that You draw me, my loved ones and all others to You that we have the forgiveness and salvation that You offer us all.
I hope all have a wonderfully blessed day and that you have a chance to bless someone along the way.