Longview church of Christ
1401 Eden Dr. 
Longview, TX 75605-4104

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Message from Scripture: 1/23/2021

Our message from Scripture today is Hosea 4:6; “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

These were difficult days. Bloodshed was followed with more bloodshed. The land itself mourned, and everyone living there languished. What horrible conditions in which to live! The source of these troubles, however, was that there was no knowledge of God in the land, either of His will, or of His truth, mercy, and justice. Everyone's image of God, and response to Him, was based on their own desires, not on God's revelation of Himself in Scripture, His revealed truth. The result was Hosea's cry we just read.

The above description, while written almost 2,700 years ago, would well fit our day and age. While there is a lot of talk about God, Jesus, and spirituality, there is little time spent in what reveals all this clearly and authoritatively, the Bible. However, it is a knowledge and understanding of God that must grab our attention, focus our emotions, and motivate our actions. Paul spoke of those in his day and age, "I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness" (Rom. 10:2-3). The same is true of many today.

We must take Scripture to heart and apply it to life. We must cease trying to form God to our image, and instead allow ourselves to be molded in His image. As Paul prayed for the people in Philippi, "And this I pray, that your love may overflow still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may discover the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and blameless for the day of Christ" (Phil. 1:9-10). Let’s begin today to know, discern, and live for Christ. What a difference it will make. God bless.