“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (v. 6). Israel, of all nations, was called to know the Lord. Not just to know a list of facts about Him, but to know Him in a deep and intimate relationship. Israel’s story was primarily one of God offering Himself to her. When they were miserable in their slavery in Egypt, He brought them out demonstrating His power and might. He covenanted Himself to Israel and made great and lavish promises, through which He proved Himself time and again to be faithful. But Israel had forgotten.
The people had turned to any god whose name they knew, assuming that each was powerful and cared enough to rescue them. They put faith in nations with strong armies and chariots. God was a distant thought from their minds rather than the all-captivating love of their hearts. He brought trials into their lives because He wanted them to come back. He wanted them not just to know about Him but to be in an intimate, covenant relationship with Him.
How would you describe your relationship with Jesus? Do you merely know many things about Jesus or do you know Him personally by faith?