Hosea 4:6 (NKJV)
Recently, I took a flight to an airport where I planned to take a bus to another city and then a train to my final destination. I decided to buy a ticket from the machine and not wait in line to buy the ticket at the counter. As I went through the process of buying my ticket, I pushed the button for the city I was traveling to. But I was surprised a while later when my bus arrived in a different part of the town than where I had planned, so I had to take another bus to the train station. Because I did not really know the bus routes my trip took an extra hour and cost me more money, all because of what I did not know.
God has given us a wonderful, supernatural book that we call the Bible. The Bible is God's Word to us and it is filled with many, many things that we need to know about so that we can have a great relationship with God and know how to live a successful, fulfilling life following the plan that God has for us. But, as wonderful and marvelous as all of this is, if we don't know what God's Word has to say, we are not only at a disadvantage but we can have some serious problems due to our lack of knowledge and understanding of what God has said.
Too often Christians have problems and it is not the devil that is hindering them, it is their lack of knowledge of God's Word. Yes, there can be times that we are in a storm or trail while we are completely in the will of God, but this is not always the case. Over, and over again, I have talked to people who were having problems and suffering in their life because they did not know what God had already said, so they were not acting on it in their life. The solution to a lack of knowledge is a simple one, take time to read and study God's Word; that is the best way to be sure that we are not struggling simply because we do not know what the Bible says.