Monday, March 27, 2006
The Knowledge of God
Oh Lord, how You call us to know that You are God! I priase You for Your Word and how in Your sovereignty You have chosen to reveal Yourself to us through Scripture. I trust that the teasing taste we have which is so pleasant to drink while on earth will cease to satisfy the day we are in Your majestic and glorious presence. We as Your children long for that day! But in this time while we remain here, anticipating Your return and ultimate establishment of Your perfect kingdom, I come to You in prayer, seeking knowledge--the knowledge of God. I pray on behalf of a people who have forgotten how to fear You, I along with them all. I pry for all of us who do not know what it means to long for You, to pant for You as a deer pants for the waterbrooks.
"Listen to the word of the Lord, O sonos of Israel,
For the Lord has a case against the inhabitants of the land,
Because there is no faithfulness or kindness
Or knowledge of God in the land." (Hosea 4:1)
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge..." (Hosea 4:6)
"For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice,
And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings." (Hosea 6:6)
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." (Proverbs 9:10)
"Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called mary, who was seated at the Lord's feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations [much service]; and she came up to Him and said, 'Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? The tell her to help me.' But the Lord answered and said to her, 'Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.' (Luke 10:38-42)
"Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and as stewards of the mysteries of God." (1 Corinthians 4:1)
"Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord." (Hosea 6:3a)
Do we busy ourselves so much serving Christ that we have forgotten (or worse, never learned) how to live for Him? How many of us sit in awe of Our Lord and Savior as we listen to His word? Do we frantically seek His Scripture for truth and knowledge, pressing on to know Our God? We are a people who profess religious affiliation by mouth because it is easy, but with the same mouth could we share the truth of His gospel in love and knowledge, being ready both in season and out of season, able to defend the beauty of Our God against teachers who tickle the ears of those who do not have sound doctrine? Are we so busy with the milk that we never desire the meat of God's Holy Word, sitting at the feet of Jesus, savoring every moment, consuming the words of the One who has given His life so that we will enjoy life in His presence forever?
Is there knowledge in our love for God?