For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. Hosea 6:6 NKJV
Have you ever noticed how a small child will act appropriately when there are adults around? As soon the parental units are no longer in sight, that same child will do what they are not allowed to do otherwise. Why is that?
Well it’s the same with all of us adults. If we know God is watching, we’ll be on our best behavior. However, if there’s no knowledge of God we’re likely to do things not pleasing to God. Knowledge of God helps us remember He is always watching. It’s not the creepy big brother kind of watching. He’s watching His creation with the loving eyes of a parent watching his own child. Because He’s God, maker of all we see, there is nothing hidden from Him. All things are bare before Him. Knowing this leads to fear of the Lord. In other words, fear of the Lord is a healthy and proper respect for the supreme authority over us.
He knows everything and sees all things. Keeping this firmly planted in our minds will help us choose wisely the activities we partake in. A friend of mine who has five children has a wonderful rule in her house: If you wouldn’t want mom to know about it then you probably should not do it. It’s the same principle God lays out. We need to remember we are all under a higher authority – God Almighty.
While God makes allowances for sinful behavior by accepting sacrifice in the Old Testament, He would rather the people keep knowledge of Him top of mind to prevent the sin in the first place. He expects the same from us. Hosea 4:6 NKJV says “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”
The Lord doesn’t want a single person to perish but all to come to eternal life in Him through faith and trust in Jesus Christ. He has given us everything we need to know He exists. Look at creation around us, it all points to our Heavenly Father. We have His word to help us better understand His character and unrelenting love towards us. Understanding His marvelous love for us and His willingness to take matters into His own hands to save us, should compel us to live rightly before Him. If it doesn’t it’s an indication of our lack of knowledge of God.
How do we gain knowledge?
Matthew 7:7-8 NKJV says “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” James 1:5 NKJV says “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” Knowledge comes from God, Himself. He will give it freely to those who earnestly seek Him. So dig in, study His Word, and let His Spirit lead you into His glorious truth so your mind may be renewed. It’s never too late to gather knowledge of God. So jump into His Word today.
Lord, thank you for your guidance through your word. Thank you for your leading through the Holy Spirit. Thank you for your love compelling us to know you more. Draw us closer to you. In Jesus name Amen.
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