“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6)
The Hebrew word for “destroyed” can be translated as “perish” or “cut off”, “brought to silence” or even, “undone”.
How often have your hopes been dashed, your dreams cut off, your reserves destroyed or perhaps you were just brought to silence? You had no response, even though you knew the other party was in the wrong.
Yes, sometimes silence is golden. Sometimes, silence is a strategy. (Jesus did not answer his accusers – Matthew 27:14). But oftentimes silence is because we simply don’t know what to say or do. And that silence often leads to being run over.
The “knowledge” Hosea is speaking of, is not a casual knowledge or vague familiarity with the subject matter. It really is more about expertise or mastery in an area.
The Hebrew word Hosea uses is "da'at". The "parent root" consists of two letters, which in the ancient pictographic language represented a tent door that moves back and forth and an eye.
The idea being an eye that moves back and forth, closely examining something. The door also indicates an entering into and leaving from, as opposed to simply passing by.
It is a thorough, in-depth kind of knowledge, not a
surface or shallow level of knowledge. It is deep and thoroughly studied.
Sadly today, a large swath of society wants a “tik-tok” education. They want it all in brief soundbites, preferably in an entertaining video, never entering into the meaning and the substance of subject matter that will actually help them.
As a result of that reluctance to “enter in” to knowledge, they are destroyed, whether by catastrophe due to a foolish mistake or simply by slowly dying on the vine due to lack of knowing what to do, while watching others pay the price, consume the knowledge, master it, make fewer mistakes and seize the prize.
Ignorance is one of the biggest causes of lack, harm, and failure that I know of and yet it is so easy to remedy. On average college grads with a bachelors degree earn about $1,000,000 more in their lifetime than high school grads. That’s no coincidence! And quite honestly, most college degrees are severely lacking.
As I mention often, my friend and mentor Peter J. Daniels never passed a single grade of school and at age 26 was illiterate and broke. See the connection?
When he taught himself to read, he says he “ate books”. He had a voracious appetite for knowledge. He set aside one day a week to be at the library to read and think, deeply digesting and entering into what he was learning.
He went from being one of those people in Hosea 4:6 who were perishing for lack of knowledge to becoming very knowledgeable, earning 5 honorary doctorates and gaining considerable wealth which he used to impact the culture. (See my interview with him here.)
That's probably why I now spend my life educating people - because I am trying to help folks grow in faith, make fewer mistakes and prosper in all they set their hand to. What I have learned in my 40 years of study and application I have summed up in God’s Best Kept Secrets, which Peter Daniels said after reading them twice, “has no equal!”
Whether you choose to learn from me, Peter Daniels, or someone else, make it your goal to “enter into” knowledge at a deep and intimate level, so that you may acquire mastery and set your life on a solid foundation for success, regardless of where you are in life now.
In tomorrow’s message, I’m going to show you the role of entering into knowledge in negotiating, and whether it’s best to go first or last when negotiating price, etc.
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In Him Always,