Chapter 2 of Packer’s book has been incredibly convicting to me as I have examined my heart in search of answering the following question; when describing me, do people say – wow, that guy knows a lot about God. Or do they say – wow, now there’s a guy who knows God? My hope would be that they see me as a person actively knowing God.
As I examined this question more I realized that at times, I am guilty of trying to gain more knowledge about Go; more than I am trying to grow my relationship with him. For me, that was hard to admit; as it should be that my desire to grow in my relationship with Christ is greater than my desire to be able to impress people with my knowledge about God? How’s that for honesty.
Obviously it is important for us to study God’s Word. In doing so we grow in our understanding of God but that is just the beginning step of developing our relationship with Him. Through prayer and meditation we can commune (converse) with God and therefore, know him more. It’s like this, I know a lot of you and I know a lot about most of you but there are only a handful of you that I truly know. Those I truly know, I have spent time with you. We have been in each other’s houses, shared stories, cried and laughed together, we actively know each other. We share our lives with each other and develop an intimacy with each other. And as I see it, this is God’s desire as well, that we would simply open ourselves to Him. And if we are willing to do this, He will open Himself to us!
To know God, that is what we were made for. What’s our aim in life? To know God. John 17:3 – This is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. My prayer for myself is that my pursuit of knowing more about God will lead me to knowing God more each day. I love the following:
23 This is what the LORD says:
“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
or the strong boast of their strength
or the rich boast of their riches,
24 but let the one who boasts boast about this:
that they have the understanding to know me,
that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness,
justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight,”
declares the LORD.
So my goal is to be more consistent in my approach to studying God. Not to just to learn more about Him but to be intentional with my prayer and meditation so that I can grow more intimate with Him.
Peace and thanks for reading.