“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge…” This statement, taken from the Old Testament book of Hosea (Hosea 4:6), expresses God’s profound disappointment in the Israelites. The scripture highlights their disobedience to God’s laws and the consequences of their ignorance. By stating “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge,” God indicates that their downfall stems directly from their inability to comprehend the truth.
In today’s society, the concept of truth has become ambiguous. In his book “The Post Truth Era,” Ralph Keyes argues that society has lost interest in truth. He claims that people have come to expect deception, dishonesty, and fabrications from various sources, including advertising, cultural figures, biographers, and even religious leaders. The idea of truth has become distant, especially among the educated elite, in a world of media creations and virtual reality.
THE PERIL OF IGNORANCE
John 10:10 (NIV) states, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” The devil attempts to entangle individuals in hopelessness and spiritual gloom, hindering them from reaching their full potential. On the other hand, Christ offers a life rich in spiritual abundance, in addition to material wealth. To live a purposeful and fulfilling life, addressing the prevalent problem of ignorance among the youth and the body of Christ is crucial.
It is unfortunate to witness Christians losing their composure in the face of adversity and succumbing to despair. This troubling reality paints a terrifying picture of individuals living in misery and agony, far from God’s will for humanity. However, 2 Timothy 1:7 reminds us that God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. Numerous temptations and distractions, particularly among young people, divert their attention from seeking true wisdom and understanding. The body of Christ must confront the prevalence of ignorance within its ranks, as it hinders the growth and effectiveness of believers. Enlightenment through the transformative power of God’s Word is essential to escape this hopeless situation.
ENLIGHTENMENT THROUGH THE WORD OF GOD
Hebrews 4:12 (NIV) describes the transformative power of God’s Word, stating, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Immersing ourselves in Scripture initiates a divine process within us. The words on those holy pages become more than mere ink on paper, interacting with our spirits and illuminating the path to spiritual enlightenment. The Scriptures serve as a lamp, dispelling the darkness of misunderstanding, deception, and confusion from our minds.
God’s Word is interwoven with heavenly promises that assure us of His unwavering presence, reliability, and the abundant life that awaits those who believe. In times of difficulty and uncertainty, these promises anchor us in the unchanging truths of God’s character and eternal covenant. Here are a few commitments I want to make to you:
1 Peter 1:3-6:
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy, he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this, you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you mayhave had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.”
1 Corinthians 15:54-58:
“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
SUICIDE IS NEVER A VIABLE PATH TO ADDRESS THE DIFFICULTIES OF LIFE
Suicide is never a viable solution to life’s problems. The value of life, the devastating effects on individuals and their families, and the dynamic nature of life itself emphasize the importance of seeking help and exploring alternative options. It is crucial to foster a culture that encourages open communication, reduces the stigma around asking for help, and instills the belief that hope exists even in the darkest circumstances. The transformational power of God’s Word offers comfort and strength to those experiencing despair. People can find solace in God’s unfailing love, His constant presence in challenging situations, and the promise of a life filled with glory for those who hold onto the promises given in Scripture.
By committing ourselves to the truths found within the Scriptures, we discover an incomprehensible strength that enables us to overcome adversity and rise above despair. Let us focus on the transformative force of God’s Word when life becomes overwhelming. It is the guiding light that dispels darkness, provides hope, and ignites meaning in our souls. May we find encouragement in its pages, relying on God’s promises to help us navigate through every adversity we encounter.
The divine truths of God’s Word offer hope and encouragement, regardless of the conflicts we face. They remind us that we are not alone in our troubles and that life holds a deeper meaning. Let us hold onto these promises as lifelines, preventing us from sinking into hopelessness and guiding us towards recovery, restoration, and victory.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13, NIV).
Written by Deacon Blessing Agyei (PENSA KNUST)