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Day 9 – Issue 19

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Be Still Know

Jonah 2:8 NLT

‘Those who worship false gods turn their backs on all God’s mercies.’

There is a vast difference between knowing something and understanding something. At some point in my early life I developed a great thirst for knowledge. Consequently, I came to know a lot of information. How much I understood is questionable, but the breadth of such knowledge impressed others and also me. When I first found Jesus, I applied my normal approach to Christianity and very quickly came to know a great deal about it, from the content of scripture, through theology to Church history. Sadly, I think that for years my communication and the core of my Christian life was built upon my knowledge rather than my understanding. 

Jonah has knowledge of God, and for whatever reason, a reluctance to respond when that knowledge made a specific demand upon him. Same for me when I recognised that God actually was fully present in life and was not contained and constrained by my Christian mindset. I was made to understand that Christian discipleship was truly about following Christ. Even during a so-called full-time Christian ministry, my life was, in fact, defined by status, ambition and a desire for wealth, with the security it so obviously offered. 

Jonah helpfully reminds us that in God’s economy there is no “cake and eat it” option. We choose to pursue those idols that we serve, or we find ways to embrace and be embraced by the steadfast love of the Lord, which in reality can never fail. The problem is the idols have form that we can understand, and which the whole of society’s collective consciousness also worships. So we feel one of the crowd. 

The steadfast love of the Lord is a pearl of great price. First we have to locate it and then risk losing it while we sacrifice all that we have, the many idols we care for, so that we might take hold of it. 

QUESTION: How much do you know God’s love, and how much do you understand you are loved?

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, you are the pearl of great price and the treasure I seek. Help me value you above all else.

Written by: Matt Weet

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