Gracious father, we thank You for yet another opportunity to sit at your feet and listen to your teaching, imbibe Your wisdom and live a worthy life before You. Thank You for your Divine guidance all through the month of July and we know that Your hand will steer us through the month of August. Glory be to Your Name O! Lord.
The Word of God said My people perish because of lack of knowledge. It means therefore, that you can have a victorious living in God when you have sound knowledge of who He is, why He created you and how best to serve Him.
All these are possible and easy when you spend time in His Word and meditate therein. However, before we get into the meditation aspect, let’s consider how having the law of the Lord deposited in our hearts and also having a solid foundation in the knowledge of God plays out its role in our daily living:
“The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.” Ps. 37:31
Put the law into the heart, and the whole man is right. This is where the law should be; for then it lies, like the tables of stone in the ark, in the place appointed for it. In the head it puzzles, on the back it burdens, in the heart it upholds.
What a choice word is here used, “the law of his God”! When we know the Lord as our own God His law becomes liberty to us. God with us in covenant makes us eager to obey His will and walk in His commands. Is the precept my Father’s precept? Then I delight in it.
We are here guaranteed that obedient-hearted man shall be sustained in every step that he takes. He will do that which h is right, and he shall therefore do that which is wise. Holy action is always the most prudent, though it may not at the time seem to be so. We are moving along the great highroad of God’s providence and grace when we keep to the way of His law.
The Word of God has never misled a single soul yet; its plain directions to walk humbly, justly, lovingly, and in the fear of the Lord, are as much words of wisdom to make our way prosperous as rules of holiness to keep our garments clean. He walks surely who walks righteously.
Do you agree with that? The law of the Lord becomes liberty instead of a burden when you hid His Word in your heart and trust the Holy Spirit to live it out day by day. Having known that, let’s also consider what knowledge does in the life of a man. Consider further:
“The people that do know their God shall be strong.” Daniel 11:32
Every believer understands that to know God is the highest and best form of knowledge; and this spiritual knowledge is a source of strength to the Christian. It strengthens his faith. Believers are constantly spoken of in the Scriptures as being persons who are enlightened and taught of the Lord; they are said to “have an unction from the Holy One,” and it is the Spirit’s peculiar office to lead them into all truth, and all this for the increase and the fostering of their faith.
Knowledge strengthens love, as well as faith. Knowledge opens the door, and then through that door we see our Saviour. Or, to use another similitude, knowledge paints the portrait of Jesus, and when we see that portrait, then we love Him; we cannot love a Christ whom we do not know, at least, in some degree. If we know but little of the excellences of Jesus, what He has done for us, and what He is doing now, we cannot love Him much; but the more we know Him, the more we shall love Him.
Knowledge also strengthens hope. How can we hope for a thing if we do not know of its existence? Hope may be the telescope, but till we receive instruction, our ignorance stands in the front of the glass, and we can see nothing whatever; knowledge removes the interposing object, and when we look through the bright optic glass we discern the glory to be revealed, and anticipate it with joyous confidence.
Knowledge supplies us reasons for patience. How shall we have patience unless we know something of the sympathy of Christ, and understand the good which is to come out of the correction which our heavenly Father sends us? Nor is there one single grace of the Christian which, under God, will not be fostered and brought to perfection by holy knowledge.
How important, then, is it that we should grow not only in grace, but in the “knowledge” of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
(I sighed), is that same with you? Okay, having discover the liberation in knowledge acquisition, let us be patient enough to see where He will be taking us through life; through this week and beyond.(2 Tim 1 : 7)
May the week ahead be blessed of the Lord and may He prosper the works of our hands in Jesus name I prayed. Amen!
Remain blessed of the Lord.
Evang. Ifeoma Ohondu