“Then Job replied to the LORD: “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’ My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:1-6
There have been times when I smugly thought I knew God, that I had some special relationship with him. But, perhaps I only knew the image that I had created for Him. This makes me sound terrible, but unless we truly spend time seeking God through his word, how can we really say we know him.?
God is infinite, vast, sovereign, his ways are too great for me.
How can I talk about God if I don’t know him? How can I tell of his wonderful ways if I don’t know how wonderful they are? How can I encourage others with no true experience of him? How can I pray and believe my prayers will be answered when I’m not sure about his promises — what they are and whether they’re true or not?
I must know him — not the image I have built of him, based on what’s easy and convenient for me in my life — but I must know him through his word and be obedient to his word. This is where I will experience him and the truth of what he says.
I must know him to talk about him to others. If I don’t, then it is like the blind leading the blind. Neither of us will get anywhere. My confidence in speaking about him comes from learning about who he is and his promises, found in his word. Only then, can someone be convinced as the Holy Spirit draws his word from me to change their life, drawing them near to him in their own relationship.
Knowing him is not about going to church and practicing other religious rituals — it’s about asking him in faith to reveal himself to me through his word. It’s about sacrificing what I want to do to spend time with him, asking the Holy Spirit to help me experience God in reality as I live my life in obedience to him.
Knowing him means that I must acknowledge that I don’t know it all or even anything. I must let my slate be wiped clean about what I know about God. I must allow him to fill my heart with the truth of his word. Then, I will begin to know him.
My pride and suppositions must be left behind along with my assumptions. My pre-conceived plans and purposes must fall by the wayside. Are they his plans for me — or are they plans drawn up based on my own limited understanding, impatience and self will?
I must repent and ask forgiveness from the One who knows everything. Forgiveness from him, who is beautiful, sovereign, all knowing, glorious and deserving of all of our honor, praise and worship. I must be humble and dependent on him. As I rest in him, he forgives me and covers me with his peace and he fills me with wisdom and opens the eyes of my understanding that I may truly know him.
“”I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Ephesians 1:17-19