In the first chapter of the book that bears his name, Job is said to be perfect and upright fearing God. After the many discourses that took place about God, by him and his adversaries, he meets God and they speak together. In God’s presence all Job can say is; “I uttered that I understood not, things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. …I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”
Job was a prophet and came to this realization about his own knowledge of God!
There have been times when I felt as a Christian, and a Pastor, after much study and prayer, I knew something about God. Yes it is true, being born into His body by the Holy Spirit we are told; Phil 2:5 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” Of course as you take that scripture in context He is speaking of Christ’s attitude and humility. We fail in this so many times. With all our understanding, what do we really know about God? I believe the Book has been opened, and that Revelation 10:1-7 has been fulfilled, giving us what we need to be a Word Bride in the endtime if of the church.
However, with all that knowledge do we understand the mind of God? Perhaps more than any church age except the Apostle Paul’s age in the beginning. But has the knowledge we have heard with our ears and mind made its way to our heart, in the form of true revelation?
If I really understand God, help me, to be more like Him, not just in the knowledge of what I know, but by the fruits of the Spirit as I walk in the Spirit. May the life that is in me, explain to others what God is like, living more for others, as I live for Christ. Especially those that are of the household of faith.
I thank it is a whole lot like a statement Reverent William Branham made when he was criticized for not knowing what he was talking about.
“Here sometime ago, someone was telling me about Greek words and about all kinds of Hebrew words. I said, ‘I don’t know nothing about them.’
I said, ‘I may not know the Book too well, but I know the Author real well. That’s the main thing.’ I said, ‘I’d rather know the Author than His Book.’ …If you know the Author, He will reveal His Book, don’t you think so?”
The closer I get to God, the more I realize, like Job of old, how little I really know about Him!
Pastor Bill Ivy – Living Word Tabernacle, Campbell Missouri (Gibson Community) – www.livingwordtabernacle.com