My People Perish for a lack of Knowledge

Daily Devotional

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children

What is meant by Hosea 4:6 when it says my people perish for a lack of knowledge? It suggests that as people of God a major cause of failure and defeat is a lack of knowledge of God and His laws.  There are two ways in which this lack of knowledge of God manifests itself. The first way is to reject the word of God. The scripture says that because thou hast rejected knowledge I will also reject thee. We reject knowledge every time that we hear the word of God and not put it into practice. Saul rejected the word of God in 1 Samuel 15 and God rejected him as King. In addition, according to 1 Samuel 16:14 the spirit of the Lord departed from him and an evil spirit troubled him. What happened to Saul is consistent with what the word of God said would happen when we reject knowledge: He says He will reject us. That means his presence will depart from us leaving us with a lack of strength or power to overcome our situations. 

Forgetting God’s laws is another way in which we may show a lack of knowledge of God. One instance of this happening was after the death of Moses, Joshua and the elders of that generation. Judges 2:10 tells us that thereafter there grew up a generation that knew not God and did evil in His sight by worshiping Baal and Ashtaroth. Because they did these things they perished as God delivered them into the hands of their enemies. Typically God would have protected them from their enemies but here He forgot them and their children because they forgot His laws. Never be content with a lack of knowledge of God and his laws; it will cause your demise. 

Life Application: Prevent a lack of knowledge of God and His laws by memorizing, meditating upon and immediately practicing the word of God. 

Prayer: Lord, May I never reject your knowledge that you impart through your words or your servants. Increase my knowledge daily of who you are and your word. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Published by Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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