One major desire in the heart of the Lord these last days is that every one of His children should know Him. When we know the Lord, it helps us to operate from an advantaged side of life. It helps us to know our covenant rights and position in order to enjoy it. (Jeremiah 31:31-34, 2Peter 1:1-3).
However, so many Christians today are serving the Lord but actually like the Athenians in Acts 17:23, are serving the “God” they did not know. While it is important to know the Lord in order to know what He can do and what He has promised to do, your reasons for seeking the knowledge of the Lord must transcend that.
Our knowledge of the Lord in the body of Christ has been skewed over time. We have known the Lord to get things from Him and enjoy His promises but we have not known Him so as to serve Him acceptably. (Hebrews 12:28-29.)
There is stability and preservation that comes from holy knowing of the Lord and this is what I believe the Lord wants you to come into awareness of this morning (Isa. 33:6)
This was the knowledge of God that the sons of Eli did not have. They knew the Bible so much, but they did not know the Lord. Hence, they took the grace of God for granted.
It is important for you to know Him well before you serve Him. In fact, in the scale of priorities of God, knowing the Lord comes before serving Him. Paul the Apostle said, “I know whom I believe, I know whom I serve.” The sons of Eli were in the ministry, serving the Lord in their office as priests yet the Lord labelled them as sons of Belial; they were serving God unacceptably because they did not know Him. They eventually ended their lives in a tragic manner. They knew so much of the Bible but violated every Biblical instruction that was supposed to guide their office and ministry.
I pray for you today that your end will not be like that in Jesus’ name. Amen.