Do you know God?
By Robert Wiltshire
Is there a difference between knowing about God and knowing God?
For instance; I can know about God, I can even know the bible, but does mean that I really know Him?
Let me explain,
We all at one time in our lives would have come across an individual who thinks they know us, but in reality, they have no idea who you are.
What normally happens is that they meet you, get to know you on a first name basis. They get to know about you from your friends and others. But as much as they know about you, they don’t know you.
16 “Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt. 17 And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey.’
Have you ever noticed the specific language? “The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?”
The Israelite’s knew of God, but they didn’t ‘know’ God.
Knowing about God, does not mean that you know Him.
In Exodus 3 it tells us that God was watching (protecting) over the Israelite’s and that He saw all that was going on. Even though God was with the Israelite’s, they didn’t know Him. The kicker verse is verse 17, where God reminds them of the promises He made to their father Abraham; a promise that they would have known.
God wants relationship not knowledge. Just because we know Gods promises, doesn’t mean that we know God. It simply means, we know about God. God wants to be the God of, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob; and he also wants to be the God of — insert your own name —, meaning God wants us to know Him.
The challenge is this. How much time do we spend getting to “know” God?
Do we pray regularly? And do our prayers allow God to talk with us?
Psalm 46:10 tells us to be still and know that I am God.
Do we pause to know God? To be still with him? When we are still, we allow God to talk, and it’s through His voice that we know Him.
Do we read through the bible because it is the right thing to do or do we read it believing that it is living and wanting to breathe life into us today?
Do we allow God through, prayer study, worship deal with the issues on our hearts, or when they arise do we push them back down?
The only way we get to know God, is to press in and discover him. Make it a deliberate effort this week, to get to know God.