"Thus says the LORD, 'Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,' declares the LORD." -Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NASB)
In Jeremiah 9:23, we see what pleases and delights our God; that we understand and know Him. In Psalms 103:7, it says, "He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel." Israel saw the miracles and acts, Moses saw beyond the miracles and acts of to know the heart and purpose of God’s actions. Today people say "if I just saw a miracle, I would believe in God." No, they wouldn't. Israel saw miracles daily, and most of them complained and died in the wilderness. Moses went beyond the miracles and wonderful acts of God; he knew the ways of God and became a great man of God. We who are in Christ should desire a deep hunger to know God. Knowing God is our passion, not just more miracles. Bible facts, a spiritual reputation, greater revelation, in and of themselves, will not satisfy this hunger. This hunger comes from our inward man, our spirit. It craves intimacy, fellowship with our Lord. The trimmings of this world, the glitter of the physical realm cannot reach the intensity of this hunger. The only thing that will satisfy this hunger is to know our Lord and understand His ways in our life.
Why do we have this hunger? God has placed this hunger within to so He might fulfill us. As a car is produced to exist on fuel, so we are created to exist in God. If we seek Him, we will end up with all the other blessings. If we seek the blessings, we will miss the greatest blessing, and that blessing is knowing and walking with our Lord daily. Jesus said, in John 17:3, "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."
Pastor Michael Heil
The Unapologetic Theologian
Thread of Hope, Inc.