I HEARD OF YOU

O Lord, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O Lord, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy. Habakkuk 3:2 (ESV)
It has been said that ‘little knowledge is dangerous.’ what you have heard about Jesus is likely to represent the opinion of the one who told you or it may reflect the exposure and experience this person has with Jesus. The name of Jesus is widely spoken and it has impacted many around the world. However, does the name impact you as an individual? how do you know Jesus. Is it about that He is a prophet? Or that He was born on Christmas day? Did what we heard or are still hearing of Jesus brings about any difference to us? What did it bring? Fear? Joy? What response has our knowledge of Jesus brought to us?

To the Egyptians, the God of the Israelites is harsh and no nonsense God. The God who would do anything for his own even when it inflicts paint to others. To the Israelites in the wilderness, God is provider of passage across Jordan, one who provided manner and water, one who gave them the promised. To Abraham, God was the covenant keeper and provider.

Children of Israel thought they knew God but their behavior did not display that knowledge, in fact they even had no fear of God, that is why they conducted themselves in a manner that made God angry to a point of withdrawing his protection over them allowing suffering to overtake them hoping they would remember God. But in the main scripture above you can see the kind of person who knows God and appreciate Him. Knowing God well is to desire more of him saying, “Revive or “make it known” yearning for more of God. A mere fear will drive us away but true fear is knowing too well what God’s interest in us is.

That fear will make one a true disciple of Christ and a passionate follower. Ready to testify of God to all people. “The disciples were to go forth as Christ’s witnesses, to declare to the world what they had seen and heard of Him.” {Acts of Apostles p.19} but those who think they know God will not have desire to seek more of him and are not good witnesses. “Hundreds, yea, thousands, who have heard the message of salvation are still idlers in the market place, when they might be engaged in some line of active service” {A.A p.110} when did you have desire to know God? When did you last feel like telling someone of the faith you have in Christ. Consider this as a spiritual gauge for your life today.

By A. Eliamani

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