If, like me, you find too much evidence of order and logic and wonder in this universe, to accept that life accidentally emerged from chaos, then, like me, you probably believe in or, at the very least, acknowledge the existence of a Creator. However, acknowledging the existence of God, is not the same as knowing Him. It is the latter which I aim to explore in this post.
The notion of “knowing God” immediately raises two questions.
Firstly, you may well be thinking, “Is God knowable?”
“Can finite know infinity? Mortal the immortal?” These are questions that have been pondered by minds far more learned and erudite than I. If, as David Bynum (1) states so eloquently, “For one finite human being to understand another finite human being is rare and difficult.” then surely finite understanding infinite must be well-nigh impossible?
In answer to this comes a clear response from the Creator Himself, “…those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the LORD“… (Jeremiah 9:24). This, alongside the experience of countless men and women, attests to a simple truth:
God is knowable. And, what’s more… He wants to be known.
His whole purpose for creating man, was for relationship, and relationship requires knowing. Let’s be clear here. I am not talking about knowing about. There is a huge chasm of difference between knowing about and knowing. You can’t have a relationship with someone or you simply know about.
I may know everything there is to know about dogs, their characteristics, their needs, their limitations and abilities but that doesn’t mean I have a meaningful relationship with all dogs. For that, I need to have to spend time with an individual dog, getting know him as the unique creature that he is, his personal habits, his particular stimuli, his responses to things. Only after putting in the time to get to know him can I claim to have
For that, I need to have to spend time with an individual dog, getting know him as the unique creature that he is, his personal habits, his particular stimuli, his responses to things. Only after putting in the time to get to know him can I claim to have relationship with him.
A base example, perhaps but hopefully it suffices to highlight the distinction between knowing about and knowing. Which brings me to question 2.
Why Would I Even Want To Know God?
Surely knowing about God and believing in Him is enough. What difference can knowing God make in my life?
The short answer: Knowing Him makes ALL the difference. A truth which I elaborate on in my upcoming post.
Meanwhile, I will leave you with this food for thought:
- Noah knew God.
- Eve and Cain knew about Him.
- David knew Him, as did John.
- Peter spent three years knowing about Jesus before He finally came to know Him.