Behold Your God, Acknowledging God Without Knowing Him, Part 2
When I perpetually find my deepest satisfaction from someone or something other than God, it is a sign I don't know God.
Jeremiah 2:4-8, 11-13 says, "Hear the Word of the Lord, you descendants of Jacob, all you clans of Israel. This is what the Lord says: What fault did you ancestors find in me, that they strayed so far from me? They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves. They did not ask, where is the Lord, who brought us up out of Egypt and led us through the barren wilderness, through a land of deserts and ravines, a land of drought and utter darkness, a land where no one travels and no one lives? I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and rich produce. But you came and defiled my land and made my inheritance detestable. The priests did not ask, Where is the Lord? Those who deal with the law did not know me; the leader rebelled against me. The prophets prophesied by Baal, following worthless idols." "Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are nor gods at all.) But my people have exchanged their glorious God for worthless idols. Be appalled at this, you heavens, and shudder with great horror, declares the Lord. My people have committed two sins: The have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their won cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water."
The people, who witnessed God's Hand of deliverance, unlike anything ever seen by man, exchanged the Truth for a lie.
Things in my life that would tempt me NOT to obey God:
- Advancement at work
- A perfect house
- Successful children
- Recognition for my abilities and hard work
- A spouse/relationship
- Happiness in my family
- Escape from boredom
- A sense of purpose and significance
Could it be that I could work hard at church, giving my time and money to missions, do good things in my community, be a beacon of what a man of God would look like and NOT have a SAVING knowledge of God?
In Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus says: "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord', will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name and in You Name drive out demons and in Your Name perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, "I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'"
Paul addressed the same thing in Titus 1:16 when he said, "They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny Him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good."