I was recently given a book called Knowing God by J. I. Packer. Never heard of him? Neither had I. This book was published in 1973 – I was seven at the time it went to press. When I was first introduced to it – I thought; looks cool, interesting title, who wouldn’t want to know God more? But as I begin to look at it in detail – chapter titles, preface, etc., I realized this book was not presenting itself as a way to know God more. No, this book was asking the simple question of Do you know God? Do I Know God?
Well sure I know God, I mean I have accepted Christ as my Savior, I read my Bible, Study God’s word, I pray almost every day and I know every Chris Tomlin song there is. As I am having this conversation with myself, I keep hearing this voice saying yes, you know me but you don’t know me the way I want you to know me. Well now…. this book doesn’t look so cool, it’s almost 300 pages, I’ve never heard of this Packer dude, this book is as old as I am. Yea, I’ll read it as soon as I get some time.
I have had this book for I think 3 weeks now and only in the last couple of days have I started to read it. Hard to admit it but I simply did not want to answer the question of Did I Know God? I do know God but I knew this book was going to challenge me to move. To look at my walk with Christ with new eyes and I wasn’t ready for that. Not sure that I am now but the journey as started. I am just a handful of chapters into it and already know that I will be different as a result of this book.
I love to write. Always have but for years I got away from it until about 3 years ago when I took up “blogging”. I truly do write for myself and am always amazed and humbled that folks take time out to read anything I may write. So why am I bringing this up now? I believe that one of things we are called to do for each other is to share our journey’s/stories/life experiences, etc. Not for self promotion but that others may learn from us – both the good and the bad.
I am inviting you to journey with me as I read this book. My style of learning, studying, especially in regards to my walk with Christ has always been to read a couple of chapters straight through and then go back and read them for a second time. As I read the 2nd time, I mark, highlight key words, sentences, etc. I then type those notes into a folder. In this case I feel compelled to blog about whatever God reveals to me during this journey. My fear in doing this is that I may reveal more of myself than I care for you to know. But I honestly feel that God is calling me to do this.
Stay tuned. Peace and thanks for reading!