2003-11-10 - To Know the Lord
Originally Published 1998-09-22
Hosea 6:3, Then we will know, if we follow on to know the Lord.
Knowledge is a duty. To know our Lord is the duty of every professing follower of Him. To be without knowledge of our Lord and our faith is not a good thing. Im not talking about philosophical knowledge of God, as an almighty being, or the creator of all things, or knowledge of His holiness, or that He is righteous in all He does. Such a knowledge of Him alone would simply lead to dread, or fear.
The great thing for us to know about God is that we can be restored and reconciled to Him. He is willing, even now, to be our friend. In Christ we have the testimony and confirmation that He is willing to have mercy upon us. It may slow you down for a second, but I would like you to read the following quote by William Jay at least twice, I think it is very profound.
God in nature, is God above me; God in providence, is God beyond me; God in law, is God against me; but God in Christ, is God for me and with me.
This is profound because there are many ways one could know God. But there is only one way that we can know a God who is for us, and with us. That is to know God in Christ.
Would you like to know more of God? Would you like to fellowship with Him deeper? If so there really are just a couple of things you need to do. With diligence; read Scripture, listen to faithful preaching of the Word of God, meditate on both, and above all, pray to the Father of lights. Pray according to His promise:
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men generously, and reproaches not; and it shall be given him. James 1:5
Im not going to pretend that knowing God is easy. Getting to know God is consuming. Getting to know a personal God is a process that will take the rest of your life. But what would you rather do with your life?
I am aware that there is a new TV fall line-up of shows coming up soon, (maybe it is here). Im not one to sing the evils of TV, but rather, I would make a suggestion...Go to another room, where there is no TV, and read for a while, pray for a while. It may mean giving up a show you like, or are curious about, but knowing God is worth the sacrifice and in the end, (Ill stake my life on it), you will find it is no sacrifice at all. It will be to you a blessing.
Soli Deo Gloria,