The Thing That’s Better Than Knowledge
I would be such a super-Christian if everything in my head went to my heart. Hear the voice of regret; don’t do like I did and fill your brain until you can’t hold your head up! Am I alone in fighting to not skip a Bible verse after reading the beginning, because I know it already? I hope so. It doesn’t console me if you also think you know it all, even when God is trying to speak to you. The thing that’s better than knowledge is, (drumroll please) Jesus.
Yes, the Sunday-school answer strikes again. But I mean the real Him. The person. Not the mute idol, but the One who speaks to us.
I’m reading Jeremiah 13 and verse twelve jumps off the page, “… speak this word to them, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, “Every jug is to be filled with wine.”‘ And when they say to you, ‘Do we not very well know that…” Hold on. “Do we not very well know that?” Oh, man. I shouldn’t sound like the ones God is forewarning captivity. They know. They know already, and they don’t need His Word.
Before this verse He said, “For as the waistband clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole household of Israel and the whole household of Juda cling to Me, that they might be for Me a people, for renown, for praise and for glory; but they did not listen.” And even after His declaration of impending doom, He gives a final warning which begins with, “Listen and give heed, do not be haughty, for the LORD has spoken.” (Jeremiah 13:11-15 NASB)
We can’t go off what we “know.” Every day, we must seek Jesus.
The Thing That’s Better Than Knowledge — Listening to and obeying Jesus
His desire is that we would cling to Him, and we might be for Him a people, for renown, for praise and for glory, but we have to listen. I’m in Latvia right now on a missions outreach, and I need an answer. All that I thought I knew — isn’t enough. I need Jesus to speak to me.
Jesus, a few years ago you said to me, “Seek My face.” The correct response was, “Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.” (Psalm 27:8 NASB) I repent for telling you, “I know that.”
This is all I know, I need You. I will cling to you, like a waistband — and listen.
If you too want to listen to God but aren’t sure how, download my free audio teaching on this topic. Your comments are so valuable to me! What are you going through? Do you need an answer from Jesus too?