Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? And the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?” (Prov. 1:22).
READ: Proverbs 1:22-23
“I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan” (Rev. 2:9).
In His letter to the church at Smyrna, the Lord said He was aware of their poverty, yet they were rich. This could mean several things. It could mean that they were impoverished because they did not know that they were rich. In this case, ignorance was a crucial factor. Even today, many believers are living far below Heaven’s level of provision because they do not know their due or do not believe its bounteousness. Hence, Hosea 4:6 says many are destroyed for lack of knowledge. The word of God contains virtually all truths to guide us into success in every area of life, but how many people devote time to study the Bible and internalize it? Knowledge is power. What you don’t know can kill you. An individual who mistakenly drinks acid will be on the path of death. Will he survive for the mere fact that he did not know? Also, what you don’t know can get you into trouble. In law, ignorance is not acceptable as a valid excuse in criminal matters.
Knowledge is a key to life. The more of it you have, the more you can get out of life. Anyone who refuses to acquire knowledge is only limiting what he or she can get from life. Knowledge gives light. Anyone in ignorance is in darkness. We were all born into ignorance but after birth, we started a race into knowledge to enable us uncover all mysteries about life and particularly about our destiny. Sadly, though, not many make it to that destination. How does a blind person live in the midst of beauty, light and abundance? It is frustrating! He will be unable to see all the things that are appealing. He will be unable to enjoy what has been provided. Like Hagar, he will be passing by several opportunities without knowing it. It is a terrible thing to be ignorant. There are two types of believers in this world- the ignorant and the knowledgeable. Where do you fall? Have you learnt all you need to know, to help you achieve your spiritual, financial, ministerial, academic and family goals? Set out to acquire knowledge in all those areas today!
The more you know, the less limited you become. In all your getting, get wisdom.
Bible in One year: 1 Kgs. 16-19