Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” Hosea 6:3 says, “Let us know, let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord…”
How do we pursue knowledge? I love Proverbs 10:9 which says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
A. W. Tozer wrote “Knowledge Of The Holy” and “Pursuit Of God.” Both are excellent. I would encourage you to read them to strengthen and help your walk with the Lord.
The words in Proverbs 2:1-4 set us up for the ‘then’ in verse 5. I will encapsulate the process of pursuit: treasure His commands, incline your ear to wisdom, apply your heart to understanding, cry out for discernment, lift up your voice for understanding, seek and search.
Verse 5 says, “THEN you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.” Is it worth the pursuit? I answer with a resounding ‘yes’ because the deeper the root the sweeter the fruit. It is all about intimacy with Him.
Proverbs 10:4 says that wise people store up knowledge. Hosea 6:6 described the Lord’s desire. It says, “For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.”
The Lord takes no pleasure in outward religious rituals. He is looking for heart involvement that pursues Him above all else. Experiential knowledge comes through intimate communion as He reveals Himself to us. John 14:21 says, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” Pursuing Him is a heart demonstration of our love.
Ephesians 3:19 Amplified says, “(That you may really come) to know (practically, through experience for yourselves) the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge (without experience); that you may be filled (through all your being) unto all the fullness of God (may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself)!”