Know The Word
Good morning DPF, I trust you had a great week? I want you to think with me for a moment and answer this question in your heart. Who in the world do you think knows you best? My best guess would be either one of your parents, or one of your siblings, or one of your close friends. You’re not likely to be best known by someone not in this three categories, and the reason is pretty simple… TIME! You can’t possibly know something or someone well enough without spending requisite amount of time with that thing or person. The person you believe knows you best definitely must be someone with whom you’ve spent a considerably large amount of time. And this time must both be quality and quantity, it must be both in value and in volume. Why am I bringing home my point through this perspective?
Jer 9:23(kjv) Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: 24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like it when people who don’t know anything about me, sit at the judgement seat and begin to reel out verdicts on my case. Many of us are like that as well, but we don’t think God could be like that. Much of the wrong notions we have of God have been propagated by people who don’t know God enough to people who don’t know God at all. God wants to be known and discovered just like a partner wants to be known and discovered by his/her spouse. He says here in Jeremiah that He delights in people seeking to know and understand him. Here God puts everything we seek for in life on the scale of contrast with what He desires the most; to be known by man. We seek wisdom and notoriety from colleges and universities, seek might from political power, leadership positions, relationships, and in some cases at the gym, we seek wealth from jobs, investments and businesses, but do we seek to understand and know God?
Jer 29:13(EasyEnglish) You will look for me. And you will find me when you really want to find me.
God so much desires than anything that we seek Him. He’s a gentleman, and won’t force Himself on anyone, that is why He has given us a free will to choose what we want and desire, and He desires that we desire Him genuinely from our heart. Millions if not billions of angels worship Him every day and night with endless songs and odes, but God still seeks a man on earth who will choose to worship Him. There are so many things in life that are important, of course a college degree is, a state of the art apartment, office and cars are, a lofty position in a company or nation sure is, but compared to the simple love relationship between you and God? They are as unimportant as travelling to the UK with a hand fan during winter. The pursuit of the knowledge of God is the most noble pursuit you will ever embark on in your life.
Phil 3:10(kjv) That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
At this point in Paul’s life, he had some revelation of God that no other apostle was privileged to have, he had known God to a large extent, but he sought to know God even more. I don’t know how much of God you know now, but this is a call to know God even more. This knowledge should not be motivated by a duty you have to preach to others, or an expectation of people on your life, it should be motivated purely by the desire to just know God more. He wants to be that personal with you. The same way a husband wants his wife to trust him to a point where if falsely accused, she can stand up for him and say “I know my husband, he would never do that”. God wants us to know Him that personally and deeply through His Word. When every believer knows God for himself/herself, it would be difficult if not practically impossible for anyone to mislead them with heretic teachings such as the fact that God teaches His children lessons with tragedies, sicknesses and poverty. It’s one thing to believe God, it’s another to know whom you have believed.
2Tim 1:12(kjv) … nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
Paul knew God to such an extent, he knew what God could do or not do. Abraham knew God to the extent that God consulted him on matters, Moses knew God to the extent that he literally made God change his mind. Do you know God for yourself? To do that, you need to spend copious amount of time in search of Him via His Word. God is not hidden from man, He’s hidden for man. This is a call to know God personally, deeply and intimately. Seek Him, love Him and know Him. Have a beautiful weekend.
Matt 6:33(kjv) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.