“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6).
“Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments” (Psalm 119:66).
In the ongoing battle between good and evil, knowledge and ignorance compete for followers. In today’s lingo, “ignorance” does not seem so deadly a word. In the biblical world, it was not so. Ignorance of God spells death to those without Christ.
“For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness” (Romans 10:3).
The unbelieving Jews of Paul’s day continued in ignorance and failed to submit to God’s righteousness. In fact, Paul called himself ignorant prior to his conversion (1 Timothy 1:13). In today’s world, spiritual ignorance continues to rise without abatement, while true knowledge of God declines. God desires for people to know Him, and to grow in their knowledge of Him:
“Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ” (Colossians 1:28).
What steps can we take to combat spiritual ignorance?
1. Take every opportunity to grow in your faith.
Christians should get serious about this. Strictly speaking, shouldn’t we all want to grow in the knowledge of God? We should read the Bible, join study groups, take classes and regularly attend worship services. The opportunities to grow in Christ still abound today, and we need to take advantage of them.
2. Spread the knowledge of God.
The very top verse from Hosea provided the reason God’s people were destroyed: lack of knowledge. To combat this, we should aggressively spread the Word in all type of venues. We can do it in churches, family discussions, personal witness, in any and all places. The world needs to hear the truth, and we have the truth to share.
No one ever regretted getting to know God better. With an abundance of tools and opportunities at our disposal, we should eagerly embark on the quest to know God better.
Posted on Thu, October 13, 2016
by Sam Petitfils