Man can know no more about God than what God reveals to him. But man can know much less about God than God has revealed.

Hosea records God’s disapproval of those who do not know him, “Hear the word of the Lord…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….My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…

In Hosea 6:6 God indicates that his people are just routinely going through the ritual of worship and sacrifice, as he says, “For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the KNOWLEDGE OF GOD more than burnt offerings.”

God does not reveal himself to us all at once. He reveals himself in “increments” when we walk in obedience and faith, hunger for him, and seek to know Him. He wants to give further revelation of Himself. Often, however, as with the children of Israel, this revelation occurs in the midst of a crisis; and logically, crises are avoided as much as possible!

So the solutions are often found in “covenants with the inhabitants of the land,” in other words, by the resources available in one’s culture.   And God’s people go that route rather than plowing through rough situations with trust in God.   We depend on neighbors, family, medical, insurance, banks, government or some other source to get us out of our trouble.  I am not saying that it is never God’s will to go via those routes, but we should seek him first to get his guidance of the right avenue to take.  Sometimes it is wise to tighten the seat belt, reign in the budget, send the latest “toy” back to the where you got it, or tough it out a bit and see what God will do.

May something happen on this beautiful Sabbath day that will draw you to more knowledge of God.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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5 Responses to KNOWLEDGE OF GOD

  1. Faye says:

    Thank God for the Spirit who came to indwell. He is the Spirit of Truth and will continue revealing to us all the on-going deceptions and keep us ever focussed on Christ as Saviour Lord. Thank you for blog. Constantly challenging us. Blessings.

  2. calensariel says:

    “For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the KNOWLEDGE OF GOD more than burnt offerings.”
    I’ve always loved this verse. In fact, our Pastor Gary showed up to service dressed as Hosea last week and (in character) gave us all a history lesson about what was going on in the book of Hosea. It was quite engaging. I also love Micah 6:8: He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what the LORD require of you. To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

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