As I said last time, the knowledge at our fingertips in our day — good Christian knowledge — is huge. There are available on the Internet of our day the finest resources for Bible study the church has ever seen, with countless messages and teachings. Yet I wonder if, in spite of all this knowledge, God isn’t mourning – as He was in Hosea’s day, when He said, “My people is destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4.6).
I notice in a study Bible I have that the article is there in the Hebrew: “My people is destroyed for lack of the knowledge…”
God says His people are being destroyed for lack of the knowledge? What is He referring to? What does God have in mind here? We discover the answer in what Hosea has said just a few verses earlier:
“For the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land” (4.1).
This is what God means when he says, “My people is destroyed for lack of the knowledge…” The knowledge of God.
This is what it is all about, family of God. This is God’s great objective in our lives – that we come to know Him. It is possible to listen to countless sermons and have much knowledge of the Bible and spiritual things… and yet be lacking in the knowledge of God Himself. I believe this has happened in our generation. Are we not all aware of the gross darkness in our world around us these days – and in many of our churches as well? In spite of all our knowledge, in spite of all the Internet resources and Bible knowledge available to us, in spite of the proliferation of sermons and good messages available to us… we are still very short of the knowledge of God in our land.
I am talking about the kind of knowledge that means a shining forth of Christ Himself in our lives, a shining forth of Light in the darkness – the kind of light and knowledge of God that the Son of God Himself walked in. Over and over again He said concerning the Father, “I know Him…” “I know Him…” “I know Him…” (Jn. 7.29, 8.55, 10.15, 17.25). How did Jesus do the things He did? What enabled the powerful Testimony He had? He just knew God!
That’s the kind of knowledge I am hungry for in this hour… and need! And the Lord helping me, I will not settle for less! I know how important sound doctrine is. I know how important good teaching is. I know how important knowing the Bible is… and I am thankful for all the resources that are available to us in our day.
But oh, family of God, how I wish there were more unrest in our midst – more discontent with all that – not unthankfulness, but discontent – and in this late hour a cry going up… “Lord Jesus… oh, to know You! Thank you for all You have given us, we are grateful… but oh, to know You! To know You in such a way that the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God shines forth in the darkness around us!”