“…but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” (Daniel 11:32b).
The Lord God is known from creation that all His works are good and when He begins, He makes an end (Genesis 1:10,12,18,21,25,31; 1 Samuel 12:6). He begins by calling a youth to His side, sanctifies and sets him apart for Himself. He delights in empowering him to be able to continually keep his banner flying high amidst the militating and seemingly intimidating programmes and forces of men and spirits in these last days. Let’s now look more into who such young men and women are.
They That know their God
Knowing the Lord begins with knowing Him as the Father, having a Father-son or Father-daughter relationship with Him. He then becomes YOUR GOD (Jeremiah 7:23; John 1:12).
Knowing their God in our context involves not just this first encounter with Him but one moving on into a closer relationship and knowing His person, attributes, ability, etc. (cons. Isaiah 40:18, 21-22, 25; 57:15; 43:10). The much you know of God is the extent you trust and depend on him and that in turn determines your strength or how strong you are or will be in the face of challenges or obstacles (cons. Numbers 13:30-33; 14:6-9). Let’s see some people who knew their God and had special experiences.
☼ Moses Knew his God, he understood his counsel and instructions (Psalms 103:7; Exodus 33:13,18; 34:5-9). He came to know him as the Merciful and Gracious God and by this knowledge interceded for the children of Israel (Numbers 14:11-12,17-20). His knowledge of God as ‘I AM THAT I AM’ and “Jehovah” sustained him through to the deliverance of the children of Israel (Exodus 3:13-14; 6:1-3)
☼ David knew his God and understood His workings, and recalling his experiences with Him trusted Him for his next adventure (1 Samuel 17:32-37).
☼ Elisha knew his God and so slept with his two eyes closed in the midst of chariots and horses of the enemy for he trusted in the ability of the God he knew (2 Kings.6:8-18).
☼ The Three Hebrew children knew their God and trusted in His power in the face of the fiery furnace of fire and threat of the world power himself (Dan.3:16-18).
☼ Jesus knew His God and Trusted Him to take him through to the cross, for which he was born (Lk.13:31-33; Jn.8:54,55).
Some knew Him as Father, as Saviour, as I AM that I AM, as Jehovah. Some knew Him as the Man of war and Lord of host. Some as the Head of principalities and power. Others as Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient, the Strength of Israel, the Holy One, Righteous Father, etc. What do you know the Lord as? Your knowledge of Him in any area will constitute your strength in it.