Knowledge of God Matters.
Which do you think shows up more in the Bible—faith or knowledge? If you do a concordance search, you will find something surprising. Knowledge (including knowing, know, etc.) shows up far more than faith does.
Of course, without faith, it is impossible to please God, but knowledge is far more important to God than people realize. Listen to the words of the Lord as recorded by the prophet Jeremiah — words reminding us that knowledge of God is to be prized above all else:
“Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.” –Jeremiah 9:23-24
There are a lot of important observations we could make about this passage. But I will just highlight two of them.
First, this passage gives us a glimpse into some of the things the Lord delights in kindness, justice and righteousness.
Second, understanding and knowing God is essential to growing a strong faith. And we do that by studying God’s Word. For that is where he has revealed himself the most clearly.