For Lack of Knowledge

Today’s devotion from Hosea 3-4. Getting beyond the general charge of unfaithfulness, God held against the people the lack of truth, love, and knowledge in the land. In acting out their ignorance of God and His ways, the people brought great pain and suffering to themselves and to the land itself. There was no life untouched by the harmful practices of these in rebellion against God.

Ignorance is not bliss.

We can unwittingly neglect God, we can willfully ignore Him, but we cannot evade the reality of His sovereignty. Choosing to ignore and avoid Him and His ways will only always bring pain. It is an act of rebellion. God states, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will reject you from serving as my priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your sons.” (Hosea 4:6, CSB)

A lack of knowledge would be their downfall. They did not pursue God or His ways. They did not pass His Word and commands on to the next generation. The result was a people that chased hard after false gods and idols while the One True God lamented the pain these pursuits caused His people. A lack of knowledge devastated the people.

We live in a similar age. Biblical illiteracy is spreading throughout our culture at a rampant pace. Part of the problem is that we have failed to properly teach the next generation how to engage God’s Word. We have adopted little sayings that limit the Bible to an instruction manual, and expect our children to read the directions. Then they open the pages of God’s Word only to stare at the words like they are a mechanical schematic.

The Word of God is more than an instruction manual. It is, to quote the Scriptures themselves, “living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12, CSB)

What makes the Word so powerful is that it reveals the almighty God to finite creatures. That, my friend, is knowledge that can be the difference between devastation and salvation. Life is hard enough. Don’t suffer for lack of knowledge.