The Mission: Week 1 - Day 4

OPENING PRAYER: 

God, I thank you that we are unfinished in that there is always work you are doing in our lives to help us look more and more like you. Give me the strength and courage to continuing letting the knowledge of you transform my character.

READ: Habakkuk 2:14 NIV

“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”

REFLECT: 

God’s reply above to the prophet Habakkuk comes in response to a list of complaints he has for God.  Namely, why are all the evildoers in the world prospering. God’s response is that all people will recognize that the God of Israel is the one true God and that they won’t be able to get away with their evil deeds forever. There will be a reckoning of truth and justice and this reckoning will be as all-encompassing as the waters cover the sea. If we fast forward to today, we stand as the beneficiaries of the Bible which has preserved for us the story of God’s filling the earth with the knowledge of himself. He revealed himself to the people who would be known as the Israelites and used the Israelites to eventually spread the Gospel to the whole world. As a result, much of the world is now familiar with the Gospel. This can be both a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing in that we can’t respond to the Gospel unless we hear it, but it can be a curse in that familiarity breeds complacency. Many people in the United States know a few things about God and assume if they know who God is and acknowledge his existence then they can punch their ticket to heaven. The problem is that there is a difference between knowing about God and knowing God. Knowing about God is an intellectual exercise whereas knowing God is an exercise of the will or the heart. God invites us not to simply know about him, but to know him in a personal way. He speaks to us through his Word and his Spirit in us and in others. He invites us to speak to him through prayer. We benefit from the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as this knowledge makes its way from our head to our hearts.

APPLY: 

Has the knowledge you have about God made its way from your head to your heart? Knowledge of God is powerless until it has affected the will. James 1:22 (NIV) says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” Are there things you know about God’s character that aren’t reflected in yours? Are there things God has pronounced as sinful that you have decided are okay? Let us continue to search our hearts and identify those things that haven’t quite made it from the head.

 

CLOSING PRAYER: 

God, we thank you that your knowledge is accessible anywhere and everywhere. Help us not grow complacent or satisfied with the knowledge we have about and fail to make the application to our lives. Help us to live in such a way that people don’t think we are just knowledgeable about the things of God, but that we practice and emulate those things we know about God.

Terry Schneider