TITLE: My People Perish For A Lack Of Knowledge November 4, 2013
By Yolanda Payne
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“MY PEOPLE PERISH FOR A LACK OF KNOWLEDGE”
When we purchase a new vehicle we are provided knowledge about the operation and care of that vehicle. We are given a manual which provides instructions to follow when driving that vehicle. The manufacturer encourages us to read and study the manual so that we acquire the knowledge needed to successfully operate that vehicle. A failure to study such a manual created problems for me.
One night my son wanted to attend a soccer club meeting. Because my husband was unavailable and my car needed repair, I decided to drive his car to this meeting. Prior to my decision to drive my husband’s car, I had not taken the time to study the operator’s manual for his car. I did not know the location of buttons needed to successfully operate his car.
As I drove along, it began to rain. Although the rain was light, increasing fog on the window affected my ability to see the road. I panicked because I did not know how to remove the fog. I wanted to remove the fog, but I did not know the exact button to use. After attempts to remove the fog with a tissue failed, I asked my son to wipe the fog as I drove. His attempts to remove the fog also failed.
After unsuccessful attempts to remove the fog, I pulled off of the road. It did not make sense to continue to drive, when I could not see the road. My son and I began to explore different buttons. Eventually we discovered the button needed to remove the fog, but we were too late. When we arrived, we discovered the meeting had ended. That situation could have been avoided if I had taken time to acquire the knowledge needed to successfully drive my husband’s car. Foolishly, I thought I needed only to “get in the car turn on the ignition and drive".
We have been given the Bible, the manual God has provided to aide and guide us as we journey through this life. God expects us to study the Bible and acquire the knowledge provided there. As we read and study we acquire knowledge needed to lead a fulfilling life.
The Bible records the experiences and the problems encountered by others. We learn from their experiences. Our knowledge of their experiences gives us hope and encourages us as we wait patiently for God and His promises.
As we read and study the Bible, we become aware of god and His purpose for our life. Life is a gift, and our responsibility is to use the gift in the manner it was designed to be used. We will not live in the manner God desires if we fail to study the Bible, the manual He has provided.
Some believe the study of the Bible is a waste of time while; others do not understand the things they read and thus say “I have better things to do”. Others do not begin to read or study the Bible until a problem comes along.
Jesus, the son of god, knew his Father’s word. When attacked, He used the word of God as a weapon. If Jesus knew and used God’s word, who are we to think it is not necessary to know and understand the words found in the Bible.
Paul wanted Timothy to acquire the knowledge needed if he were to successfully lead others. He told Timothy, “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” 2 Timothy 2:15. Authorized King James Version
When speaking of the failures of the children of Israel, God said “My people are destroyed for the lack of knowledge: because thou have rejected knowledge I also will reject thee, that thou shalt be no priests to me…” Hosea 4:6 Authorized King James Version.
I will continue to read and study the bible so that I can acquire the knowledge needed to worship God in Spirit and truth.
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