2 Peter 1:5-7
5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge...
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to
me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
Psalm 1:1-3, Psalm 27:4, Proverbs 4:7, Matthew 5:6
ADD KNOWLEDGE - PASSION TO KNOW HIM
When 2 Peter 1 instructs us to add knowledge to our faith, it speaks of two elements: general understanding and passionate pursuit. The primary goal of every believer should be to intimately know God through Jesus Christ. Like David, the psalm of our heart should be "Show me Your ways O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth...(Psalm 25:4-5). In this cry David boldly asked God to do three things we should all long for. Those desires being: a growing revelation of who God is (in person and in manner), a general understanding of how to apply that revelation to our personal lives, and a divine moment to moment instruction that brings about supernatural favor. Knowing God in this way is an additive of faith that allows us to possess His divine nature.
Knowledge in this sense is more than just knowing doctrine and scripture. It is a passion to know God. It is a passion to understand His ways, to know Him as we are known. It is the delight of Psalm 1 that leads us day and night to meditate on God's Word. It is the thanksgiving and praise of Psalm 100 that overwhelms the saved as we enter the house of The LORD of our salvation. It is the hunger and thirst for more of God in Matthew 5 that carries the promise of being filled.
Every Easter (Resurrection Sunday) we celebrate the "Passion of Christ." Passionate about humanity, Jesus willingly gave His life. The love of God has pursued your heart vigorously! In the same way, you have been called by God to reciprocate that passion and pursuit. David said it this way. "One thing have I desired of the LORD. And this will I seek after, that I may dwell in His presence, gaze upon His beauty, and know my Savior." When you begin to understand the level of love in which you have been graced, your natural response like David's, should be to become "a man after God's heart," not passively or sparingly but with delight and passion. Purpose today to add the passion for knowing God to your faith! In the end, it will make all the difference!
Have an Impactful Day!
Name 3 things you are grateful for that happened only by God's grace?
Take 15 minutes of uninterrupted time to reflect and meditate on God's goodness.
Allow me this day to know Your ways, O LORD. Teach me how to apply Your Word to my life. Direct my steps in Your truth and give Your divine instructions. For You O LORD are the God of my salvation. Give me the passion, patience, and strength to wait on You. In Jesus' Name. Amen!