“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.” Hosea 4:6
I received a call on a Sunday night from a man who had visited our church and our pastor directed him to me. He was interested in attending Freedom That Lasts, our church's addictions ministry that meets every Friday night. I was just finishing dinner and expected a quick call, but our conversation continued for the next 45 minutes. I did not say much, but I did not have to because the man I came to know as Bob talked enough for the both of us. He said he would attend on a Friday night, and he also said he would bring two friends with him.
I met Bob in person not long after that initial phone call, and the man was full of knowledge and it seemed he wanted to convey all that information to me in one sitting. He talked more than any person I had ever met before, and because I did not know his last name at the time, I named him "Bob Lungs". He was quite knowledgeable about the Bible and well-versed in healthy eating and living. He smelled like garlic and always sipped from a glass bottle of fresh-pressed vegetable juice that he brought from home. He would attend our Friday night meetings on a rare occasion, and he often came in the middle or towards the end of the meeting. He would bring me juice that looked really nasty and tasted almost as bad as it looked. People could not believe I would even drink the stuff, but I trusted Bob and knew he had juiced it himself.
Bob would call me every so often and I rarely picked up his call right away. I was usually busy doing something or in the middle of dinner, so I would let the call go to voicemail and call him back when I had an hour or two to spare. In the last few months, Bob became ill, but still was drinking wheatgrass and doing his best to remain healthy. I recently got word that Bob had unexpectedly passed away, and I was sorry to hear that sad news but encouraged that Bob was with the Father. He was no longer battling sickness and he was in glory breathing the fresh air of heaven with a new set of lungs he so desperately needed. I saw Bob for the last time on January 29, 2021, very late on a Friday night. I remember I desperately needed to go home, but he continued to talk as he always did. We prayed and hugged before we parted, and told each other that we loved one another and little did I know this would be the last time I would see him.
I will always remember Bob quoting this verse in Hosea as he so often did during our many conversations. He had such a desire for knowledge, whether it was the Bible or how to live a healthier lifestyle with the foods we consume. He would send me YouTube links on everything from how to have a healthy liver to the ill effects of 5G. Bob was consumed with knowledge, and he tried to share that with everyone he met. His primary desire was to lead others to Christ and give them the knowledge of our Savior. In 2021, we have all the access to knowledge, but yet we waste time on social media and meaningless apps. We can read the word of God in numerous languages, and can quickly access electronic versions of reference guides and study books. Although we have all these helpful tools at our fingertips, we sometimes choose not to use them and remain ignorant about our God. We either do not take the time to obtain the knowledge, or we have the knowledge and do nothing with it.
Are you rejecting the knowledge of God? Do you think you know better than He does? Do you spend more time on wasteful endeavors than you do gaining knowledge about the One who died for you? Proverbs 18:15 states, “The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.” May we have a desire to truly know our God, and may we take every opportunity to seek His knowledge more than anything else.
Stay in the fight!