Thursday, August 16

What does it mean to know the Lord?

Scripture: 2 Kings 24, Jeremiah 22, Psalm 112, John 18

Observation/application

Two things today:

Jeremiah 22:15-16 Are you a king because you excel in cedar?  Didn’t your father eat and drink and administer justice and righteousness?  Then it went well with him.  He took up the case of the poor and needy; then it went well.  Is this not what it means to know me?  

What does it mean to know the Lord?  It is a personal relationship; it is personal piety; but it is also social justice.  To know the Lord is to take up the case of the poor and needy.  To know the Lord is to administer justice and righteousness.  It is personal and it is social.  We have made it almost entirely personal or private.  But those who know the Lord care about what He cares about: personal salvation and social justice, righteousness, the poor and the needy.  If I don’t care about social justice, maybe I don’t know the Lord as well as I thought!

Jeremiah 22:21 I spoke to you when you were secure.  You said, “I will not listen.”  This has been your way since youth; indeed, you have never listened to me.

This theme is repeated throughout the prophets: God spoke, they didn’t listen.  I want to be one who listens.  I want to listen for God’s voice as I read the Scripture, as I pray, as I think, as I listen to others…all through my day.  God speaks in many ways.  Am I listening?

Prayer: Lord, I want to know you.  Break my heart with breaks yours.  Help me to care about what You care about.  And help me to listen—always.