I’m believing more and more there’s been a death of knowing God in our culture. Don’t get me wrong. We know all ABOUT God, but I’m not sure many of the people who claim to know God actually KNOW God.
Of course God wants us to know Him. That’s the reason He created mankind. He walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day in the Garden of Eden. Yet, sin destroyed that. And that my friend is why we struggle so much on this earth. This is a boot camp in preparation for heaven. We are not home. We are just pilgrims passing through and that’s why life is so hard.
We are sinners (even those of us saved by grace, because we will always struggle with our sinful flesh) and we live and move and interact with other sinners. And guess what that means? It means sinners are interacting with sinners and that’s a whole lot of sin, which can bring a whole lot of grief. So, we have to extend mercy and grace to one another. I fail so often in this area. Lord help me! It must begin with my own family and then extend outward.
But, the question remains: Do I know God or just know about Him? Ponder that question. What do you know about God yourself? What’s He doing in your life? What has He done in your life? Is there a relationship? You see, I still contend many “Christians” don’t really know God. Honestly, I believe it’s absolutely asinine to say that we know Him if we don’t desire to know Him more. In other words, if we aren’t seeking God, then do we really know Him at all? Think about that!
Moses experienced God’s presence in the burning bush and then on Sinai, but wanted to see more of God. God obliged and hid him in the cleft of the rock and let Moses see Him from behind. David wanted to know God and became a man “after God’s own heart.” Paul said that he considered all things dung except for knowing God.
Think about it. What is heaven going to be? Surely heaven is more than just streets of gold and gates of pearl. Surely it’s more than peace and no pain or suffering! Well, it is! Heaven…the real joy of heaven…is knowing God and experiencing Him for all eternity. Jesus said as much in the Garden of Gethsemane in His “High Priestly Prayer:” John 17:3, “And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” Eternal life is KNOWING GOD! And folks, it will take all of eternity to truly experience all that our Father really is!
The most magnanimous thing that can possibly enter our minds is what we know about God and experiencing His presence. And you see, it’s our view of God that determines how we will live our lives. Truly, what a person thinks about God indicates everything about how they’ll live. Every decision we make will have at its root what we believe God is. Therefore, I would say the typical American view of God is not a view of the Biblical God at all. You can tell that by how we live and how we pray.
Have you been confronted with the God of the Bible? Have I? Have we made a God of our own imagination? A God to suit our desires? A God that is nothing more than an idol to ourselves? Do we really know Him at all? Do we really want to know God? I believe we need to rethink God biblically in our churches. After all, we are here to glorify God and to live for Him. It’s more than just knowing about Him…it’s knowing Him so well that we have an experience with Him. We know Him as a Person. It’s about experiencing Him and His presence.
Oh yes, we have high thoughts of Him in our church services, but are we walking with Him on Monday or Tuesday or Friday night? Can we grasp that we can never get enough of God. Our hunger for Him should continue to grow, because there is always more of God for the believer. And praise His name…that’s what heaven is for… It’s only there, free from sin, that we will ever truly grasp all that He is.
There is nothing greater that you can do with your life than to seek God. Are we? Or do we seek God just for the blessings? Do we really seek Him because we want to know Him…even if that requires suffering or pain or even silence? We must never forget that we can’t ultimately know God apart from prayer. If you aren’t praying, you are not going to truly know Him. Nor will I. Therefore, knowing God is costly.
Yes, there has been a death of knowing God in this country. We need a Copernican revolution to realize that God doesn’t revolve around us, but we revolve around Him. Our churches and our sermons and our music must stop revolving around us and our needs (making God some divine Butler to serve us) and we must make everything about Him. I’m working on that in my heart. Join me.
This week’s Two-Minute Tuesday: The Three Circles.