Knowledge in Installments

Have you ever noticed that many questions you have in your life or about your faith often get answered a piece at a time?

Answers unfold in many ways. They may be an insight that dawns on you after a Sunday sermon or a bible reading. Answers may come to you in a dream. They may be realizations from life experiences. They maybe answers you hear or read from someone else experiences. Whatever the ways, answers do not come to us all at one.

The reason for this is that, the Holy Spirit does not give all knowledge at once because it will be too much to bear. We can read from John 16:12,

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.
But when he comes, the Spirit of truth,
he will guide you to all truth.

In the same way while praying, many times we cannot endure staying too long – we cannot endure his glory.

But let us not despair. Matthew 7:7 reminds us,

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”.

In Jeremiah 33:3 he says,

“Call to me and I will answer you, I will tell you wonderful and marvelous things that you know nothing about. “

He tells us marvelous things. Isn’t it great?


It is also possible that answers are already given to us but in our preoccupation, we do not hear his voice. The closer we get to him, seeking him in all things, the more answers will be given to us and the more we can hear him and the more prepared we will be to receive more answers.

Each time we have questions that do not have answers at once, let us be patient for the Holy Spirit to unfold the truth upon us. Let us continue to seek his presence that we may hear his voice, his answer to our questions.


Holy Spirit, you are marvelous! You speak to us in many unexpected ways. Often we are surprised at the way you speak to us. Today and everyday of our lives, we submit to you our thoughts and questions. Train our hearts and minds to listen to your word. Please continue to guide us to all truths and prepare our hearts to wait and receive in joyful anticipation of your revelations. Remove impatience and other negative forces that may hinder us from getting close to you and hearing your voice. Amen.



As I write this piece, the Holy Spirit also surprised me. My original write-up did not contain the passage from Jeremiah 33:3. However, after “publishing” my draft and logging out, I was directed to the homepage of this website. Before closing the browser, I got the urge to click the random message. There it opened the beautiful passage from Jeremiah 33:3 which happened to be very relevant to this article. So let’s take note of His message -“Call to me and I will answer you, I will tell you wonderful and marvelous things that you know nothing about “- because He was the one who inputted that into this article. I hope you too will be inspired as I got inspired today.

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