"He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me, declares the Lord." (Jeremiah 22:16)
This verse is written of Shallum, son of Josiah, who succeeded his father as the king of Judah. The verse says that Josiah defended the cause of the poor and needy and so all went well. Shallum did not further the causes of his father's heart and was no longer a ruler at this time. The part of this verse that really touches me is that the Lord says "Is that not what it means to know me?"
To know God is to defend the cause of the poor and needy... to help those who cannot help themselves... to give out of your need not your abundance...
This Christmas, just 2 days from now, have you touched on the Heart of the Father? Have you lived out what it means to know Him?