Knowing and Living God's Word Makes Us Humble...
Dr. Larkin spent his adult life studying Scripture.
It wasn’t simply his job; it was his passion, hobby, and pleasure.
He was so skilled at Biblical languages that he was asked to translate Acts for The New Living Translation. I felt blessed to have him as a seminary professor. His humility and kindness were evidence that he not only knew Scripture, he lived it.
A cocky student once interrupted Dr. Larkin, “What translation of the Bible are you reading? I don’t like it.”
“I’m reading from the Greek and translating as I read,” Dr. Larkin humbly answered.
This student represents a growing trend: arrogance without knowledge.
More and more Christians are angrily defending non-Scriptural views of God or promoting tolerance of sin. (See my archive called "Debunking Twisted Scripture")
Zeal without knowledge is a dangerous thing. Arrogant zeal is even worse.
How do we avoid this arrogance? By carefully studying God's Word and applying it to our lives humbly and graciously (2 Timothy 2:15; James 4:6).
You might also like the 1-minute devotion I wrote shortly after Dr. Larkin's death in 2014: Teachers, Hearers, Doers