Have you someone say something like this: “I am interested in learning more about God, but I don’t have time to study the Bible with you.” How about this: “I am interested in fixing problems in my life, but I don’t have the time to study the Bible with you.” It’s a common approach, an approach that wants something of great value, but there is little interest in taking necessary time to attain that which is of great value. In this “instant-gratification-society” in which we live, should we not gain that which is important similar to how fast we gain information on the internet? These same people who approach what they clearly know is very important, then wonder, “Why does the Lord let these things happen to me!”

Because this approach is applied by both the “Christian” and non-Christian, the words of Paul still have application. “For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him” (Acts 13:27, ESV). The Lord’s prophet, Hosea, once boldly spoke that the Lord’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Many today who identify themselves as belonging to the Lord will experience the same, and for the same reason. RT