It’s a Knowledge Problem!
Based on the teaching “Relationship with God” by Andrew Wommack
Genesis 3 relates one of the most amazing stories in the Bible.
Eve was convinced by a talking snake that she didn’t have everything she needed to be happy.
How could this happen? Adam and Eve were perfect. They were living in a perfect world with no problems.
How could they fall for such a line? One reason was, they didn’t really know God.
You may think, “What? They walked and talked with God every day in the cool of the evening. Certainly they knew God!” But if they had, they would never have believed God was keeping something good from them. Before Satan could tempt Eve to eat the forbidden fruit, he had to make her believe God didn’t have her best interests in mind.
Since Adam and Eve didn’t know what bad was, they had no way to compare how good God was. They never had the thought that God loved them so much He would give His only Son to die for them.
Their knowledge of God was very limited compared to ours.
We can actually know God more completely and intimately than Adam and Eve did! God has revealed Himself to us through His Word in a way that makes us infinitely more prepared to resist Satan’s lies than Adam and Eve were. WOW!
Knowing God through His Word is better than having some visible or audible experience. That’s what Peter said. In 2 Peter 1:15-21, Peter was trying to assure his readers that the Gospel he had communicated to them was not just some fable or tradition he had heard. He knew Jesus personally.
Peter then said, “We have also a more sure word of prophecy” (2 Pet. 1:19). In verse 20, he says that the “more sure word” is the Scriptures. The Scriptures are more reliable than our own senses.
Many people only study the Word hoping they can attain to some experience. If that experience came, they would throw the Bible down and revel in the experience. We’ve become so dominated by sense knowledge it overrules everything else for most people.
As with Eve, Satan has deceived us into thinking what we have is not enough. Sure we can feel and experience God in some tangible ways, but that should not be our goal.
Through God’s Word, we can know Him in a way that Adam and Eve never did. And if we truly know Him, Satan will be powerless to lead us away from God!
But we don’t know God as we should. It’s not God’s fault. He’s been intricately involved in men’s affairs and meticulously recorded them in His Word, and He’s given us the Holy Spirit to reveal great truths to us.
We just haven’t been showing up for class!
“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” —2 Peter 1:3
If we’re missing some “thing” God promised us, we have a knowledge problem!