Consider a woman who was raised by a demanding father who was impossible to please. No matter how hard she tried, she was always faced with his disapproving stare and disappointed countenance. When confronted with Zephaniah 3:17, “The Lord your God…will take great delight in you…He will rejoice over you with singing,” this woman has a choice to make. Will she project upon God the image of her earthly father, assuming that God must likewise be mostly disappointed in her, or will she instead choose to believe what God has revealed to be true of Himself? What will be the consequences of her choice? If she chooses to believe that God is like her earthly father, she will labor and strive to earn God’s approval, yet always feel that He is disapproving of her. Yet, if she instead believes what God has revealed to be true of Himself, she will not be held captive and destroyed by such an inaccurate knowledge of God, but will instead walk free from a works mentality, knowing that God delights in her and rejoices over her exuberantly.
Referring specifically to knowledge about Himself, God says through Hosea,
“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6, cf. Hosea 4:1).
He says something similar through Isaiah:
“Therefore my people have gone into captivity, Because they have no knowledge…” (Isa 5:13).
In other words, what is it that allows believers to be held captive by the enemy or to be led to destruction? An inadequate knowledge of God. Conversely, a key to walking free from bondage to sin and the enemy is to pursue the knowledge of God.
The same choice lies before you. Will you walk in captivity all your days due to an inadequate knowledge of God, or will you walk in the freedom that comes from pursuing the knowledge of God, believing all that He has declared to be true of Himself?
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