I have been thinking briefly about the idea of knowing God, and what that means. One of the comforts about God is that there is no mystery.
There is mystery, in some of His ways and how they are beyond our comprehension. But we, as people, can have no doubt, that God wants us to know Him.
God wants us to know Him! That should excite us, particularly when we open God’s Word. That is because His Word, and prayer, are where we primarily know Him and go to increase our relationship with our Lord.
On the negative, we can have no doubt God wants us to know Him, because in scripture, He condemns those who do not wish to know Him.
In Romans 1:18-23, Paul writes (under the Holy Spirit’s inspiration) that God will reveal wrath against those who suppress the truth in unrighteousness (v. 18). It further says that those condemned knew God, but chose not to honor Him.
The fact that God can rightly and justly pour out wrath on those who refuse to know Him shows us that He is there, to be known. Indeed, v. 20 of that passage indicates that God’s attributes can be clearly seen in this world, through what was made, so all are without excuse.
On the positive, Hebrews 1:1-2 shows us that God spoke through the prophets, but His ultimate testimony to us was through His Son, Jesus Christ.
God spoke to us through His Son, because His Son, Jesus, is part of His plan of reconciling sinners to Himself.
God wants us to know Him. God wants us to come into a relationship with Him. These facts can be seen from scripture. It is true that the way of knowing Jesus is the cross, which is foolishness to the world (1 Cor. 1:18). The world, in its sin, is hostile to God.
James correctly points out that God jealously desires a relationship with us, and that we separate from the world and know Him (James 4:5).
So this turns back to our first statement. 2 Timothy 3:16 notably says that all scripture is God-breathed. While the primary form of God showing Himself to us was His Son, those of us who live after the ascension of Jesus (which would be anyone reading this) know God by reading His Word.
So, if the next time you sit down to read the Bible, don’t approach it with the “blahs.” Think of the eternal God, who wants you to know Him. Nothing could be more exciting.
Until next time, in Christ,