If you have been in the faith for a few months or even if you are yet to become a Christian, I’m sure you would have heard this phrase “My people perish for lack of knowledge”. But what does it actually mean?
I have heard it preached a lot in the context of highlighting ones failure as a result of their ignorance on any subject area, while this is true in itself, the scripture in Hosea 4:6 is not referring to knowledge pertaining to the things of the world but knowledge of Him; God Almighty Himself.
The NLT version helps us put this scripture into a better context:
“My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me. Since you priests refuse to know me, I refuse to recognize you as my priests. Since you have forgotten the laws of your God, I will forget to bless your children.” – Hosea 4:6 (NLT)
The LORD was speaking to Israel through His prophet Hosea that His own people are being destroyed because they do not know Him. Paul after showing us deep revelations of God and our Lord Jesus Christ, one of his key prayers was “that I may know Him”. (Knowledge)
“that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.” – Philippians 3:10
The greatest destruction that can happen to any man is not knowing God. You can know all things and acquire all things and still perish, why? because your knowledge of the things on earth does not secure your eternal destiny with the one who matters the most. Only the knowledge of God guarantees you a fulfilled life here and eternal life with Him.
This month, I encourage you to seek knowledge; seek God, I pray that you will not be destroyed. Have a great month.