It is a simple matter to speak of the Lord. File away a few verses in our memory banks, and we can explain baptism with the best of them. We can lead a discussion about His love and compassion or His judgment. We can even teach a class on the unique nature of the church, but do we know Him? Really know Him, in a life changing way?
It will never happen by accident. We do not suddenly wake up one morning and have a relational knowledge of God. It takes time and effort. We have a book filled with information that reveals Him to us. From the opening words, it provides insight into this amazing Being. He speaks, and all of creation jumps. Humanity has a special place. We are handmade in His image. We botched it. He fixed it. Do we know the Fixer?
King David recognized the great value of knowing the character and nature of the Lord (Psalm 9:10). It totally reorients our faith. It is one thing to believe that God exists. Most people do, but to place absolute trust in Him is a different matter. That removes any hesitation in praying for His will to be done, because we will know with certainty that it is best. Bible study becomes an exciting quest to quench our spiritual thirst. Obedience is as natural as breathing. Total trust is the result of a genuine knowledge of Him.
Those who know the Lord are people of action (Daniel 11:32). In our days of increased individual autonomy, there is a growing disregard for the covenant that Jesus gave His life to establish. Christians come together each Sunday to recognize that covenant in the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:25). It brings both blessings and responsibilities. To know God is to appreciate the former, live up to the latter and stand firm for both in the face of challenges.
Our relationship with God will reflect in our attitude towards other. We come to have a deeper understanding of His indescribable love for us. It exceeds words and understanding, but we increasingly grasp it. We dive into its significance, learn of its implications and strive to imitate it (Ephesians 5:1-2). We have benefited from it. Now, it is our turn to pass it on. As we do, our knowledge increases. We know Him better and trust Him more. Relational growth results.
It has been said that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. Do we know the Lord well enough to model our lives after His? It is a life of love (1 John 4:7-8) sacrificing self for the welfare of others. Even when the others don’t care? Yes, even then. Knowing God will change both our daily life and eternal destination. The Lord is coming one day, and He will gather those who know God (2 Thessalonians 1:6-10). Are we one of them?