April 11
‘Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.’ John 17:3
Bible reading: Hosea 4:1-6 (Go to the Bible passage)
Could God not, with good reason, bring a charge against us in our own time and day as well? For nowadays too there is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgement of God in the land (:1).
O yes, of course there is some faith, but often it is no more than a moral duty imposed upon us as a social obligation. But it certainly is no unselfish devotion as God means it to be, which Jesus revealed to us during His life. Of course there is still love, but even motherly love - celebrated over the centuries - has become meagre, and often the youth cannot distinguish between love and sex. In any case, most people are ignorant of the unselfish love that God wants to pour out into our hearts (Romans 5:5).
And yes, there is still a lot of knowledge about God too; large volumes have been written about Him. But the knowledge the Bible means, is not the scientific kind, but a knowledge of Him because we continue to live our lives in Him (Colossians 2:6). In Hosea’s days, many people talked a lot about God too, but meanwhile a whole people was destroyed from lack of knowledge, because there was no intimate communion with God anymore.
We sometimes love to dwell in depth on studies dealing with biblical subjects – as long as they are noncommittal. That sort of knowledge heats the brain, but leaves the heart cold and dead. Knowing God does not mean gathering information about Him, but rather getting to know Him by continually meeting Him in all details of life. ‘Now this is eternal life,’ says Jesus, ‘that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom You have sent.’ Whoever still manages on his own, has no need for knowing God and so causes heaven to stay closed for him.

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