I just don’t understand how people can not put all the ingredients on this “Snow on the Mountain” meal, including the Coconut, which is the “snow”. (For those that call this “build a mountain”, please forgive me.) They just do not have the knowledge of how good it tastes with all the flavors blending together!
Dear food lovers,
Have you ever been eating one of your favorite foods and someone by you says, “I really do not care for this, would you like mine?” You respond, “You must be kidding, how can you not like this? Sure I will take yours!” In your mind you are thinking, this person is really missing out. You may even try to encourage them to give it a try, because you are sure they will like it.
It reminds me of the verse that says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”
I can not get the man out of my head who responded a week ago to my question, “How are you doing?” He responded, “I can’t get enough of the Word!” As I told our Church on Sunday, he is finishing up memorizing Romans and his next step is Psalm 119. But he is not just memorizing, he is hungering for the Word, chewing on it, digesting it, letting it nourish him. He is longing for what it tells him about our Lord. He is longing for knowledge of God.
Today as I was reading in Hosea, I came across these verses below.
Hosea 4:1 (NASB95)
1 Listen to the word of the LORD, O sons 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 4:6 (NASB95)
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
Hosea 6:6 (NASB95)
6 For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
Seems like knowledge is an important thing. Not just any knowledge. Sunday, when asking what the problems were with believers who were struggling in their Christian walk, I believe the first response was lack of understanding or knowledge. It appears to fit with the above verses.
In fact in Paul’s prayers, knowledge seems to be something that is foremost in his desire for his readers to have. Listen, as first he gives thanks for his gospel, this mystery that has been revealed, that has been made known to all nations, leading to obedience of faith..
Romans 16:25-27 (NASB95)
25 Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past,
26 but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith;
27 to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen.
Continue to listen to his desire for us.
Ephesians 1:15-19 (NASB95)
15 For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints,
16 do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers;
17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.
18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might
Ephesians 3:14-19 (NASB95)
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,
15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name,
16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,
17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
Philippians 1:9-11 (NASB95)
9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment,
10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ;
11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Colossians 1:9-12 (NASB95)
9 For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11 strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously
12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.
1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NASB95)
13 For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.
I think we get the point.
How much are we longing for the Word of God? And how much are we hoping to see Christ in it? Can we say, “I just can’t get enough of the Word?” Are we struggling? Is it because of lack of knowledge?
Do we fully understand who God is and what He has done? That is an easy answer. No. We can not comprehend an Eternal God. Yet he wants us to seek Him, listen to Him, long to be with Him. He wants us to gain knowledge of Him. That only comes as we spend time with Him. Give Him undivided attention. When you talk with someone they get ticked off if you are texting while they talk with you, or if you are watching the TV, or playing a game. And I don’t think it is just them. You get upset as well.
The life giving Creator, our Savior, Jesus, wants that undivided attention, that focus. Let’s learn from Him today. May your knowledge of His love increase, and of His power be revealed, and that He “may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.” When and where can you be quiet before Him?
Psalm 34:8 (NASB95)
8 O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
Avoid “fast food” today! Savor knowledge of Him!
PS Now you know how to pray for me, and for others.