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My People Perish

Updated on March 19, 2012

Have you ever had one of those “AHA!” moments while reading the Word of God? It’s so exciting when that happens. It’s like God just opens up His heart and says by the Holy Spirit “This is what I am trying to convey here … the gift I want you to receive.” Yet, at the same time you feel kind of like an idiot because you think “How is it that I didn’t get this before?” Well, I had one of those moments in my devotional time the other morning as I was reading my Bible.

I was reading the book of Hosea and my eyes were suddenly opened to this statement … “… my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6 NIV The author of the commentary said this, “Death and destruction were coming upon the people of Israel. Why? In God’s own words: ‘My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge’ (4:6). In a nation founded by God, built upon godly principles and centered around the temple by God, it seems incredible to think there was no knowledge of God. But the issue was not facts about God; the issue was firsthand experience with God.”

I read and re-read that statement mulling it over in my heart and mind … then it hit me. It was one of those “suddenly” moments … God was saying that we perish because we don’t know Him. The more I thought about it the more I recognized His heart … we as Believers don’t know Him like we should. We have an understanding and knowledge of His Word, we know how to preach and teach it, we even know how to pray it but we don’t have a depth of knowledge of Him. It’s like thinking we know someone just because we read a portion of their journal but we don’t have any relationship with them on any personal level.

When we know someone it is on a deeply intimate level that goes beyond the physical to the spiritual. Knowing God is intimacy on a plain that goes to the deepest core of your innermost being, it moves you in every way ... emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. In the knowing of Him, you are changed in such a way that some who knew you before would say that they don't recognize you as the person you used to be. Knowing God takes you to places you could never experience without Him, to the highest of highs and yes, sometimes the lowest of lows (Don’t believe me? Read the Psalms.) and yet it is an encounter which if you strive for "knowing Him" daily will take you beyond what your mind can even begin to comprehend. Joy incomprehensible. Peace unsurpassable. Love unfathomable.

Knowing God is more than just reading His Word and praying a passionate prayer … it is an adventure in Him. It draws you to a place of depth where you love fearlessly and give selflessly.

Knowing God is to dance with Him through life’s many challenges and know that He will guide your steps to a place of passionate praise. Dance with abandon!

 

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      Isabel_Belicia 7 years ago

      Great hub. Makes me think of lyrics to a song I used to sing in church a long time agao. "Dance then, wherever you may be, I am the Lord of the dance, said He and I'll lead you now, wherever you may be, I'll lead you now in the dance said, He. thanks for your thoughts

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      Precious Pearl 7 years ago

      Thank you, Isabel! I appreciate your comments. What a lovely song ... and it so perfectly fits for He loves to dance with us. Blessings to you.

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      Kebennett1 7 years ago from San Bernardino County, California

      You are so right PP, knowing GOD is so much more than our every day, "hello God,Good Bye God", Or listening to a quick message from the pulpit, or even telling a friend about Him. Knowing God is immersion: becoming one with Him, in mind, body and Spirit.

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      Precious Pearl 7 years ago

      Thanks Kebennett1. I can only say "Amen!"

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      I do have those AHA! Moments, yes! I applaud you for writing such a beautiful Hub. I so enjoyed it.

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      Precious Pearl 7 years ago

      Thank you ... :-)!

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      stars439 7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      A very beautiful Hub. Comes from two wonderful sources. You and God. GBY

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Precious Pearl, This is beautiful! It is becoming increasingly evident that many have choosen a surface relationship with the Lord. Embracing the Word of God will embed it in your heart deeply! One must really take time to "BE STILL AND KNOW" To meditate and then implement His WORD daily in our lives! The Word of God is so very powerful! Yes I enjoy many AHA! moments! Thank you for sharing, Blessings!

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      Precious Pearl 7 years ago

      Thank you DeBorrah! You are such a blessing to me! I really appreciate your comments. You are a beautiful woman of God inside and out. Blessings!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Wow, how powerful is the Word of God in bringing us new revelation! Great hub as always.

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      Precious Pearl 7 years ago

      Thanks for your comments 2besure! I love God's Word ... it is so fresh and new even when we have read it a thousand times. Blessings!

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      Richard Parr 5 years ago from Oz

      A great reminder, thank you

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      Precious Pearl 5 years ago

      Thank you, parrster!

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      Psalmist4M 5 years ago from the Shelter of His Wings

      One of my favorite scriptures. His people could avoid so much confusion and loss if they stayed in His WORD and learned to hear His voice. Thanks for the writing.

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      Precious Pearl 5 years ago

      Amen ... Psalmist4M! Staying in Him is what keeps us anchored and full of joy which is our strength. Blessings!

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