A Daily Word from the Word for Wednesday, March 20, 2013
“Let us know, let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord.” – Hosea 6:3a
Do you want genuine, mountain-moving knowledge, my brother? Do you want to know how to break through to victory, my sister? Do you really want to know, sons and daughters of the Omniscient (all-knowing) Father?
Both “know” and “knowledge,” used in this verse, come from the same Hebrew word yada (pr. yaw-dah) and share the same meaning, which is “discern, discover, endued with, perceive” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “discern” as “to detect with the senses other than vision; and further defines “discover” as “make known or visible.”
When Hagar, the Egyptian maidservant, was fleeing from her situation and her predicament, she had an encounter with the Lord. So profound, monumental, and life-transforming was her encounter, she cried out “‘You are the God Who sees me,’ for she [Hagar] said, ‘I have now seen the One Who sees me’” (Genesis 16:13). The Hebrew word for “see” used here is raah (pr. raw-aw), and also means “to discern.” Once this precious soul came to know the knowledge of the Lord, once she saw the One who saw her, she was able to go back, with her new-found knowledge, and return to her situation and obtain the victory! Do you seek to see the One Who sees you, my brother? Or do you seek to know the world, my sister?
God tells us to “pursue” His knowledge, which is to rad-aph (pr. raw-daf) and means “to run after, follow.” Webster defines “follow” as “to engage in as a calling or way of life, to seek to attain.” Running after the world’s ways will only get you more of the same—the world’s ways. How are they working out for you these days, family? Not too good? I didn’t think so. There is a better way, a higher way: “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts’” (Isaiah 55:8-9).
Are you ready to make pursuing the knowledge of the One who made you and me, your way of life? Me too. Let’s go!
Father, thank You for Your knowledge. Thank You Most Holy God, that You made us to know You. Help us to see You each and every day. Help us to make pursuing You, our way of life. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we know what we need to know to overcome every situation and circumstance, because we know the One Who knows us. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to pursue the knowledge of the Lord every single day, and throughout the day. Choose to renew your mind with the mind of Christ always. Make knowing your Father a way of life. And continue to fight the good fight of forsaking lower ways for higher ways; for God, your Ultimate Way, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.