Thursday, December 10, 2015

Getting to Know God - Martin Wiles

Asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. Ephesians 1:17 NLT

Getting to know someone doesn’t just happen. 

When I finally arrived in this world, the first person I met was the doctor. Then I met the nurses who handed me to a lady who snuggled me against her chest. A few minutes later, a man took me from the woman and cuddled me against his chest. Several days later, they took me to a strange place. Both of them stuck a bottle in my mouth when I was hungry, changed my diaper when I soiled it, and rocked me to sleep. It took a while, but at some point I began calling them momma and dada. But I didn’t know then all there was to know about them. That has taken my lifetime and theirs. 

Getting to know God isn’t much different than getting to know anyone else. Had my parents given me up for adoption, I would never have known them—unless they chose to reveal themselves. If when I was old enough to care for myself, I chose to leave them, I wouldn’t have learned the many wonderful things I know now. 

The theology book I used in college is four inches thick and tells anything I could possibly want to know about God. I’ve plowed through it twice, but that in itself only tells me things about God. The same could be said for reading my Bible. It gives me information about God but doesn’t guarantee I’ll know him. 

Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians was that they’d get to know God. Before I can know God better, I have to recognize I need to. When I make this request, God will grant it and show me ways to know him better. 

Studying Jesus’ life in the gospels is a wonderful start. Since Jesus was God in human form, he shows us much of what we need to know about God and how he expects us to live our lives. When I hunger to know God, the Bible and other theology books then become wonderful sources of information. 

Knowledge about God is only mildly beneficial; personal knowledge about him will change the course of your life. 

What will it take for you to know God better?

Prayer: Father, may we never be satisfied with just knowing about You. Guide us into a full knowledge of who You are and who we are in a relationship with You. 

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