Jeremiah 8:7 Knowing What God Requires

Migrating birds

Even the stork in the sky knows her appointed seasons, and the dove, the swift and the thrush observe the time of their migration. But my people do not know the requirements of the Lord. Jeremiah 8:7 

Birds and animals are amazing creatures that follow God’s ways. They understand when they have to migrate to new areas or how to search for food or water. They do not have to be taught over and over again how to live their lives.

Their ability to do these things is something that God has built into them or He is guiding them in. All creation worships God and the animals are willing to obey God and do what He has required of them.

In this passage God points out that the birds know what to do and when, but His people do not know what He requires of them.

Specifically God is talking about the Israelites in this passage. They were His people whom He had called out of Egypt and made into a nation, yet, they would not follow Him or do what He required of Him. They continually lived in sin and followed false gods.

People today are not much different. There are many in the church who have professed a belief in Jesus, claiming to follow Him and to be a child of God. Yet, they continue to live in various sinful ways, refusing to change.

They appear to not know the ways of God, or are ignoring what God requires of them.

Everyone has faults or short-comings, but there is a difference in living in them and striving to overcome those faults. Many just give in and don’t really try to live as God requires.

Every believer must work at obeying all that God commands. He must get into God’s word and know what God requires of Him and then do it.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God wants of you; that God will give you strength to obey Him; and that you will honor God with all of your life. 

Isaiah 40:28 Hearing And Knowing

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Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. Isaiah 40:28 

Hearing things is easy to do. There is a lot of news and information being passed around all the time. Billions of pieces of information are available at the fingertip of people all over the world.

Having all of this information available does not necessarily mean every person knows that information. In reality, each person knows very little of the extreme amount of information that is available.

Some of that information appears to be worthless, while other pieces are invaluable and needed by everyone.

Isaiah asks the question of whether the people know or have heard about God. He points out that God is the Creator and does not every grow weary or tired and that no one can fully understand His understanding.

It is easy to hear something, but not really hear it. The information is heard with the ears, but it never makes it to the heart and soul of a person.

Many people have heard about God, but don’t realize who He really is. The don’t see Him as THE Creator of everything who has unlimited strength.

God does not grow tired or weary of doing what is right. He doesn’t grow tired or weary of reaching out to draw more people to Him. He doesn’t grow tired or weary of building people up in Jesus.

For the believer, this can be the greatest news ever. Many think that God has given up on them or cannot really help. They do not understand God’s thinking and great love.

Knowing who God really is can give one strength and hope that will endure through every trial in life.

Take some time to think about the fact that God is THE Creator of everything. Now take some time to think about how much God loves you and wants you to be His child.

God will never grow tired or weary of working with you, as long as you keep reaching out to Him and listening to Him. Hear what He has to say to you and obey it. You may not understand why God says and does what He says and does, but you know you can trust it. Set it deep in your heart.

Have you not heard? Don’t you know?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s great love for you; that you will know God’s great power; and that you will know the hope you can have in Jesus.

Psalm 139:1 God KNOWS You

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You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. Psalm 139:1

Everyone knows someone. However, the knowledge that a person knows about another person is usually superficial. Most people know only the surface of a person. Deep knowledge of the inner thoughts and feelings of a person is not always known.

It takes time and effort to really get to know how a person thinks and feels. The majority of people do not take that time or effort to really know a person.

It is common to hear of couples who have been married for years to suddenly learn something new about their spouse. No one can truly know all of the inner thoughts of a person.

People are also often scared if another person really knows who they are and what they think. They feel as if they will be rejected if the truth was really known.

David realizes that God had searched him and really knows him. David is also excited to know this information.

Having God really know the inner thoughts of a person is often a scary thought. People fear that God will reject them because of their evil, sinful thoughts that they have.

God knows those thoughts, even before a person begins to think of them, because God knows all already. Yet, despite knowing what a person has been or is thinking, God loves the person.

The great news is that, yes, God does know each person thoroughly, yet, He still loves with perfect love. It was in spite of those thoughts that God sent His Son Jesus to this earth to die on the cross. It was because of those thoughts that Jesus died on the cross to remove those sins.

Instead of fearing God knowing a person, he must rest assured that God knows and still loves.

As with all people, you have things in your past and even current life that is not always the best. There are things you have done or thought in secret that you know goes against God. Even though no person may know about those things, God does. God is not standing there now ready to judge you and condemn you, but to forgive you with great love, mercy and grace.

Rest in the fact that God does really know you better than you even know yourself. And in this knowing, He does love you with a dying, eternal love. Be willing to share all with God, because He already knows it.

I pray today that you will know God’s great love for you; that you will rest in God’s knowledge of you; that you will not try to hide things from God; and that you will grow closer to God.