“[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection…” Philippians 3:10
As I was reading our devotion, Trusting God day by day, I started to think about what it means to KNOW God. In the book, Joyce actually says, “There is a big difference in knowing God and knowing about God.” She goes on to say, “When we truly know God, we also experience (know) His power.”
So, I thought about my life and the things I know about and the things I know. For example, I know about medicine. I have given birth to two children, I have experienced a life threatening illness and spent many hours in doctor’s offices. I have nursed love ones when they were ill or in pain; but I don’t know medicine, I’m not a doctor. This really put things into perspective for me. In my daily life I deal with people who I hope know their profession and not just know about it. I mean, I don’t want my children’s education in the hands of those who know about math or science or language arts. I want them to be taught by someone who knows their subject! I wouldn’t want my money handled by a bank that knows about finances but rather a banking institution that knows finances.
Now, that brings me back to knowing God and getting to know His power. I can read the Bible everyday. But if I don’t stop and pray on what I read, if I don’t listen for Him to speak to me, then am I really getting know God? I can attend church every Sunday, I can worship and I can listen to Pastor speak but if I don’t engage Him I won’t ever know Him. God knows me. I mean He really knows me! And what He wants is for me to know Him! Can I encourage you to get to KNOW God and not just know about Him? Take time to talk to Him, to worship Him, to embrace Him!
Prayer: Father, I am so thankful you know me, so thankful you love me. I want to know you and not just know about you. Help me to see who you are in my life, help me to see what is keeping me from getting to know you completely! Wash me clean and cover me with the blood of Jesus! In His name I pray – Amen!