“INCREASING IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD”
Is your knowledge of God increasing? We live in a world in which all kinds of knowledge multiplies as never before – human cleverness appears to know no bounds – until there is a cyber attack!
Sadly – at the same time, awareness and acknowledgement of God is decreasing at an astonishing rate – has it reached zero?
It reminds us of the parable in which the citizens “hated” him and sent a message saying, “We do not want this man to reign over us.”[Luke 19 v.14]. We note what happened to them when the king returned! (v.27)
Today the citizens are saying, and if they do not actually say it, their actions show it – ‘We do not want to even think there is a God who has oversight of our lives and knows intimately the nature of human thought and desire.
Our thoughts were provoked in this direction by Paul’s letter, written from prison, to the Colossians. The believers there are very much in Paul’s thoughts. “We always thank God, the father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you …” [1 v.3]
Timothy is with Paul (v.1 sharing his prayers. . He emphasizes what occupies his mind in v.9 “… we have not ceased to pray for you asking that ….” And what is he asking? “Asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner fully pleasing to him …” [v.9,10],
His next words are, “bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” In some contexts we read the word ‘knowledge’ in the sense of “knowing” – becoming ‘fully aware of’ of a person so as to develop a relationship with them.
Consider Job’s final declaration about God after his earnest efforts to understand his ways.! Read ch. 42 v.2 onwards. Consider also what Jesus accomplished “by his knowledge” (Isaiah 53 v.11)
Central to our relationship with God is “Christ in you” [v.27] “Him we proclaim,” writes Paul, “that we may present everyone mature in Christ” [v.28] How is your maturity developing? Absorbing the true sense of the divine word is a foundation for this. May we all increase day by day in the “knowledge of God” and become “mature in Christ” so his way of thinking becomes more and more our way of thinking.