Spirit & Life Devotional
Saturday Morning, May 31
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
KNOWING THE LORD
Hosea 6:3 ERV “Let’s learn about the Lord. Let’s try very hard to know him…”
Psychologists say that there are three levels of knowledge. That’s not our focus today, but understand that no one gets to know all about another person and even things in a very short time. And you don’t know people by simply reading about them, no, it’s by spending quality time with them. And it begins with a desire or an interest. Without a strong interest and desire for knowledge, learning is boring, hard and limited.
Prophet Hosea was trying to get us deeply interested and desirous to know the Lord. He said, “Let’s learn about the Lord. Let’s try very hard to know him.” Very hard! Why? Jesus said, “And this is eternal life: that people can know you, the only true God, and that they can know Jesus Christ, the one you sent.” John 17:3. The Amplified Version says, “And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent.”
To truly know God is to be friends with Him because you cannot know Him beyond a certain level until you are very intimate with Him! It has nothing with being able to recite the entire Bible offhand, it’s about walking with God everyday, having habitual fellowship with Him, dwelling in His presence, listening to Him and doing all He says to do.