Knowing God, wow…now that’s kind of a scary (awesome scary) question. When we read about Him the “I AM” of the Bible, coming into His presence is an awesome thought and experience. If unworthy and unprepared – it could be awful! Just think… -God, the creator of the universe, the all-powerful, all knowing, awesome and just God.
(Isaiah 44:24 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: “I am the Lord, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself.) Incredible just to think that we could get to know Him!!! But, do we?
(1John 3:1 See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know Him. )
Several years ago, my reasoning followed this path: I had a relationship with God for many years. Praying, worshiping, praising… reading my Bible. The Lord God had been a huge part of my life for as long as I could remember. Then I started thinking about Him as a real person… a father and friend. How well do I really know Him? My decision was to take time to listen more than “talk”. The path of listening I chose was to take time to regularly meet with Him through His holy word in the Bible. A specific period of quiet time every morning. My reasoning was that if I didn’t know Him, how could I truly have a love relationship or know how to serve Him. (Deuteronomy 32:6Do you thus repay the Lord, you foolish and senseless people? Is not He your father, who created you, who made you and established you?) Established me? Me???
My reasoning was that just as when a relationship starts, we are eager to find out all we can to know about this person… so I took this approach with God. I was not disappointed. Because when I really got to know Him, I found I really, really loved Him; – true love – Because, to know God IS to love Him. He is such a caring Creator and Father. (Isaiah 44:8 Fear not, nor be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? And you are my witnesses! Is there a God besides me? There is no Rock; I know not any.” (Malachi 3:17 “They shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him.”)
Yet even before I was created God already had a salvation plan for me, for my loved ones… (John3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.) How awesome is that!??
So it is with a grateful heart that I still seek Him, wanting to get to know Him better. There have been times over the years when I have had a casual approach… the kind that comes from a good relationship. Talking with Him during the day, prayer times and praise times. Then there are those days when I felt my life rocked and I needed my Saviour’s hand to hold, I needed absolute direction or reassurance. Those particularly challenging times that dot our lives bring us back to our knees seeking that AWESOME God who can and does rule the heavens with one word and who will set my world right again. (He will do that for you too. All you need to do is find Him and ask.)
When taking time to get to know God, I realized the importance of forgiveness and the value of the gift of Salvation through Christ His Son. That thankfulness and gratitude still fills me with wonder and amazement moving me to want to serve Him. So that, one day when we meet… He will look at me and say “well done, good and faithful servant.”