By Manmohan Singh Malhi
Bible often talks about having the knowledge of God and NOT HAVING the same, and also, of their respective rewards and consequences. Daniel said, “…the people who know their God will display strength and take action” (Daniel 11:32).
Hosea declares that this is actually what God desires of humans, “For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, and in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings” (Hosea 6:6). This shows the heart of God that wants the mortals to have His knowledge.
But can this knowledge be immature as well as mature. Well, yes! Let’s see how we mature in our knowledge of God.
- Acquire or Receive it
Not everyone has the true knowledge of God though all have some idea about who or what God it (Romans 1:18-20). God calls everyone through Lord Jesus to come and acquire true knowledge of Him. This is called Eternal Life. In His intercessory prayer, Lord Jesus revealed this truth, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life. “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:1-3). Unless we surrender our lives to Lord Jesus, we can’t know God.
- Grow in it
Acquiring is the initial step. Many take it and stop right there. We are called to grow in the knowledge of Him who has created us. Peter in his wonderful epistle urges the believers to grow in the grace and knowledge of Lord Jesus and also gives us the reason to do so, “You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:17-18). How do we do it? Simple! Through: (1) Prayer, (2) Word, (3) Obedience to the Word, (4) Fellowship with His body. It will help us to guard ourselves against all sorts of errors.
- Be filled with it
Next step is to continue to be filled with it. We can’t afford to be shallow in our knowledge of Him. We can’t afford to be half-filled with it. Paul had it as one of the prayer points for his beloved people of Colossae, “…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, 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; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience” (Colossians 1:9-11). It will help us to live as God-pleasers, God-strengthened, steadfast and fruit-bearing disciples.
- Protect it
Why? Is it in danger? Is the enemy trying to destroy it? YES! He has been trying to do so since he encountered our first parents in the Garden of Eden. BE ON YOUR GUARD TO PROTECT THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD IN YOU!!! God has given us spiritual weapons to do so. Paul writes, “for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete” (2 Corinthians 10:4-6). There will be things, thoughts, ideas, ideologies, philosophies that will rise against the knowledge of God in you. Take your weapons and destroy them. Protect it!
- Mature it
We are not supposed to remain as kids in our spiritual life. Paul makes it plain, “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming” (Ephesians 4:11-14). WHY? To stand firm in these last days when there are and will be many waves and winds of false doctrines. HOW??? Very simple! Put it in practice! Do what you know! Do what He says and has said in His Word! Apply what you learn! Live it out every day! Sometimes it is also called wisdom.
How do people with mature knowledge of God look like?
They are like…
Abraham and Sarah, receiving ability to conceive, even beyond their proper time of life, since they considered Him faithful who had promised.
JOB, who knew that his Redeemer lives, and at the last He will take His stand on the earth.
DAVID, who considered his Lord to be his shepherd, his refuge and fortress, his God, in whom he could trust, the Lord who delivered him from the paw of the lion and of the bear, and not to forget the might Goliath.
Daniel, who knew his God and did not cease to pray to Him even if it meant going into the lions’ den.
Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, who were so mature in their knowledge of God that they declared to Nebuchadnezzar, that our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.
PAUL, who declared blatantly I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.
Let us give heed to Hosea’s advice, “So let us know, let us press on to know the Lord. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; and He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth” (Hosea 6:3).