I walked a mile with sin
and found myself so lost,
lost in its grip and forgot
to see there came a cost,
I walked a mile with sorrow
and found tears come with pain,
I learned there will never be,
without release, surety of gain,
I walked a mile with suffering
and found much more to share,
I learned though I suffered…leaned
on God with strength to bear,
I walked a mile with grief
and found a time to stand,
I learned God’s own will know
He brings us through in hand,
I walked a mile with persecution
and found tolerance so fickle,
I learned the world’s narrative
is hollow against one it will shackle,
I walked a mile with doubt
and found tender issues of self,
I learned self is not to seek
so I put myself on God’s shelf.
This poem is based on the quote attributed to Robert Browning Hamilton, and his work. Find his,”I walked a mile with pleasure,” here.
The Old Testament. The Hebrew root yada [[;d”y],translated “know”/”knowledge, ” appears almost 950 times in the Hebrew Bible. It has a wider sweep than our English word “know, ” including perceiving, learning, understanding, willing, performing, and experiencing. To know is not to be intellectually informed about some abstract principle, but to apprehend and experience reality. Knowledge is not the possession of information, but rather its exercise or actualization.
Thus, biblically to know God is not to know about him in an abstract and impersonal manner, but rather to enter into his saving actions ( Micah 6:5 ). To know God is not to struggle philosophically with his eternal essence, but rather to recognize and accept his claims. It is not some mystical contemplation, but dutiful obedience.
In the doing of justice and righteousness, Josiah is said to have known God ( Jer 22:15-16 ). True knowledge of God involves obeying the stipulations of his covenant. It is expressed in living conformity to his will. The opposite of knowledge is not ignorance, but rebellion ( Jer22:11-14 ).