Let us know,

Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD.

~ Hosea 6:3, NKJV

 

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How do we as Christians obtain knowledge?

This question has plagued theologians, philosophers, and every Christian. Experts debate such queries with verbose and confusing language, while no one provides an answer.  Yet, Scripture notes three important concepts that provide the answer for us.

  • First, we must desire it.

Solomon faced a daunting task: replace the greatest king of Israel’s history. He was but a young man; thus, he knew he couldn’t do it without God’s help. He entreated the Lord:

 

“So give Your servant an obedient heart to judge Your people

and to discern between good and evil.”

~ 1 Kings 3:9, HCSB

 

God gave to Solomon wisdom because he sought the Lord for it. God honored his request for discernment over riches and power. (1 Kings 3:7-28; 4:29-34) And even today we consider Solomon to be one of the wisest of the wise. That’s true only because he desired it of God.

  • Second, we must listen to the Holy Spirit.

God will enlighten those who seek Him in spirit and in truth

Without the Holy Spirit’s influence, all we would know would be what our weak, worldly minds could comprehend. We’d be prisoner to our physical and emotional frailties, and we’d never understand spiritual truths without His inner working.

Paul wrote:

 

But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love him’. But God has, through the Spirit, let us share his secret.

For nothing is hidden from the Spirit, not even the deep wisdom of God. For who could really understand a man’s inmost thoughts except the spirit of the man himself? How much less could anyone understand the thoughts of God except the very Spirit of God? And the marvelous thing is this, that we now receive not the spirit of the world but the Spirit of God himself, so that we can actually understand something of God’s generosity towards us.

~ 1 Corinthians 2:9-12 (Phillips)

 

  • Third, we must study Scripture.

All of us have sought God’s will on more than one occasion. If we understand what God is up to, then we’ll delight in His work. The way we do that is through applying God’s Word to our lives. That’s how the Holy Spirit speaks to us – through Scripture.

David wrote:

 

I delight to do Thy will, O my God,

Thy Law is within my heart.

~ Psalm 40:8, NASB

In the original Hebrew version, the word is doesn’t appear. English scholars added the word to make a complete sentence, but a more literal reading would suggest that God’s will for our lives comes when His Word is within our hearts.

Study Scripture. Meditate on it – prayerfully, sincerely. That’s how we know God’s will for our lives.

  • God’s will isn’t a secret to those who follow these simple steps.

The Bible is God’s Word spoken to us as intimately as a father who whispers in the ear of his child. The Word of God is necessary if we are to know God’s will for our lives.

 

How has God spoken His will to you through Scripture?