Do you know God? Many would answer, “Yes. I believe in God. I even teach other people all I know about God.”
They would fit the first definition of the word “know.”
The dictionary defines “know” as “being aware of through observation, inquiry, or information.”
Some people are fascinated with God enough to study Him. Through a combination of what they read mixed with a big dose of what they were always taught, they conclude they know how God works.
They have charts, timelines,genealogical information and trends. They believe they have discovered the right formulas and passwords to get God to do their bidding.
But is this really knowing God? No. God’s desire is that we fit the second definition of “knowing.”
He wants to have a relationship with us.
Knowing means “having a developed relationship with (someone) through meeting and spending time with them.”
God does not want us to just be at a level where we can give the news about Him. He wants us to know He is God with us, in us, personally devoted to each one of us.
He is in love with us. He delights in us.
He declares His Love in many ways and He never changes. He always loves us, no matter what we do. He never leaves us.
I have loved you with an Everlasting Love; therefore I have continued My Faithfulness to you.
The Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Another way of knowing is being in an intimate relationship.
Various biblical accounts talk of a couple “knowing” each other and then having a baby.
Are you ready to have an intimate relationship with God? Are you ready for Him to know you with your outside coverings off … to see you beyond what anyone else sees?
And are you ready to see Him close up? How much of God do you want to know? Do you tremble with excitement to contemplate being in His Presence or do you tremble in fear?
God wants you to come close and experience His Love and Tenderness. He wants you to relax in His Embrace and know that you are One with Him.
One of the saddest verses in the Bible is when Jesus talks of those, who never really knew God and yet thought they did.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven.
Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name and in Your Name drive out demons and in Your Name perform many miracles?’
Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”
How do we enter Heaven? By knowing … really knowing … God. You can start by simply praying as David did,
Search me, God, and know my heart …
Then hear Jesus opening the door to Eternal Life, as He prays to God for us.
This is eternal life, that they know You, The Only True God, and Jesus Christ Whom You have sent!