The Difference Knowing Makes

In concluding my post on Getting to Know Him, I stated that “Knowing Him makes ALL the difference.”

Bold? Perhaps.

Overstated? Decidedly not.

Skeptical that knowing a spiritual God could possibly make a difference in your everyday, practical, earthbound life?

Let’s take a look at some ordinary, earthbound people and the difference knowing God could/would have made in their circumstances.

Take Eve, for example. A good place to start, since most beginnings start with a mother.

Wait a minute! If anyone knew God, surely Eve did? After all, she and Adam walked with Him, talked with Him. FOR REAL!

Sure… Eve knew about God but, I propose that she did not KNOW Him.

Still doubtful?

Let’s examine the facts of that well-worn account in Genesis 3.

A question is posed. “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (Genesis 3:3)

Eve’s interest is piqued. A dilemma is raised. Believe God? Believe the Serpent?

Surprise! Surprise! The woman chooses to trust her own perception. She saw the fruit. It looked good. She ate.

And with that seemingly trivial choice, paradise was lost.

I suggest that this dire consequence could have been avoided had Eve truly known God. Her knowledge of one singular God characteristic would/could have stopped the conversation before it began.


Don’t believe me? Take His word for it.

Numbers 23:19 NKJV 19 “God is not a man, that He should lie…

That is an undeniable truth about God and it’s a truth that changes everything.

It means that when, like Eve, I hear conflicting reports, I know who to believe.

It means that when circumstances seemingly threaten to derail His promise, I know the promise will prevail.

It means that when I am assailed by doubt, I know where to place my trust.

Because I know Him.

And “Knowing Him makes ALL the difference.”


Dealing With Disappointment

I have always told myself I have no right to be disappointed in someone else, as nobody owes me anything. Not that this means I have had the unique good fortune to avoid disappointment throughout my life. My seven year sojourn with infertility gave me very personal, first-hand experience of disappointment and its impact on our lives.

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