“For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.” Hosea 6:6
The Bible speaks to the power of knowledge in Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” In this passage, God warns His people against their mental and spiritual downfall. He claims they will fail and be destroyed if they do not increase their knowledge of Him and His ways. This applies to almost every aspect of life today – especially regarding business, ministry, marriage, and careers!
A Christian with myopic ways of God might link the idea of faith alone with success (see 2 Peter 1); however, failure in business might not be an issue of faith or virtue but a lack of knowledge or IQ. Without an understanding of how to operate within the current market or effectively use technology, many businesses fall short and fail quickly. Therefore, having a strong cognitive foundation based on knowledge is essential for success! That’s why learning is the key to expanding our understanding and wisdom. It sharpens our skills and abilities, allowing us to think higher.
2 Peter 3:18 says, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”
Knowledge shapes our decision-making processes as well as how we interact with others. Increasing knowledge can help us think more strategically and develop solutions that will have lasting positive impacts on our lives. Investing in ourselves through education allows us to acquire new insights and perspectives that can enhance our performance in whatever area we choose to focus on.
Increasing one’s knowledge, intelligence, and understanding of God’s purpose for their life is key. Just as cars need fuel to operate, we must continually learn and develop our intelligence to receive God’s grace in full measure. Learning means more than just reading books or taking classes; it also includes engaging with people who can teach us lessons from their own experiences. Additionally, studying scripture and meditating on its meaning can help us gain knowledge that will help us increase our IQ. Amen. Proverbs 20:15 says, “There is gold and abundance of costly stones, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.” Amen.
1. Oh Lord, endowed me with your wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, helping me fulfill my calling.
2. I rebuke every demonic power that is programmed to drain my knowledge and weaken me.
3. May the Lord envelop your labor with the favor of His wisdom in Jesus’ name. Amen.