Spiritual Knowledge Has No Fear of Missing Out

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 79

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

–Psalm 23:1 (ESV)

We see so many anxious souls, asking, “Who will give us directions? Where will we find holiness, maturity, and self-denial?” Let them search the books for definitions and descriptions of this wonderful work, that they may know what it is like, what it is made of. As for you, by your love, rest peacefully in the oneness of God. Walk blindly on the straight and solid path that is formed by your obligations. The angels are beside you in this night, and their hands make fences around you. If God wants any more from you than this, he will make it known to you.

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

Abandonment to divine providence is the best remedy against the fear of missing out. Let others worry about whether they are pondering the deepest spiritual truths, reading the most relevant books, and listening to the cutting-edge teachers. These things are tools in the hands of God. It is God himself who directs your spiritual growth. Do you not think he knows where to find his tools when he is ready to use them? Would you presume to take the tools out of his hands and give him better ones?

If God himself is your teacher, and if you trust him, you will not fear that others are learning something more important, something you are missing out on. There may indeed be times when you need to search a matter out more diligently. As Jean Pierre de Caussade tells us, God will make this known to you. But you will not need to search a matter out just because everyone else is.

As you follow the path of abandonment, you will receive the exact spiritual food—be it teaching, knowledge, or wisdom—that your soul needs. To paraphrase Psalm 23, you will be able to say, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not miss out on anything.”

The Holiness of the Here and Now is a daily devotional that I am currently working on. When I am finished, there will be 365 chapters like the one above. Meanwhile, I am sharing this work-in-progress. Like the Facebook page to see content like this in your feed.