Knowing God - Is It Possible?
Daniel 11:32b - "But the people that know their God shall be strong and do exploits." It is impossible to get to know someone that we don’t spend time with! When we court a mate we look for every opportunity to spend time with them. We go out of our way to make time for getting together! We should far more desire to invest time being with God!
1. None of us can know God completely! His ways are past finding out Romans 11:33
2. Paul asks; “Who has known the mind of the Lord or been his counselor” - Romans 11:34 IT IS ABSURD FOR THE FINITE MIND TO ATTEMPT TO UNDERSTAND THE MIND OF GOD! HIS THOUGHTS ARE FAR HIGHER THAN OURS! Isaiah 55:8-9
3. Isaiah asks; “Who instructed him and taught him in the path of judgment - Isaiah 40:14
GOD IS THE ONLY ONE WHO POSSESSES ALL KNOWLEDGE, and since he does he cannot receive instruction from us or any other created being. If there was on single iota of knowledge that he did not possess he would not be perfect, and if he wasn't perfect he would no longer be God.
It is not man that seeks after God but rather God who seeks men out and the convicting power of the Holy Spirit then draws men to him. John 6:44 - After salvation we then begin to have a desire to be intimately connected to God and learn all we can about him, his word and his ways. SADLY THIS SOMETIMES BECOMES A ROUTINE RATHER
THAN A GREAT HUNGER AND THIRST FOR MANY CHRISTIANS! Because of this
our Christian life is far below the standard and far short of the power and love that God would have us walk in.
It is impossible to know about God apart from divine revelation. I Corinthians 2:14 tells us; “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are Spiritually discerned.” Notice this verse tells us that prior to gaining spiritual discernment we believed that the things of God were mere foolishness. I remember before coming to Christ that when others would come down the street with gospel tracts I would call think they were weird and run away from them. Our sinful nature apart from divine revelation cares nothing for the things of God.
Divine revelation comes to us at the point of salvation when our spiritually blind eyes are opened and our spirit that had been dead in sin and trespasses is suddenly quickened by the power of God, and we have spiritual eyesight for the first time. This defies all logic and rationale of the human mind. Even beyond salvation we will never know God as well as he knows himself, and we will never understand him completely because there is depth in God transcending man’s ability to comprehend. He is infinite, and we are finite. He's unlimited and we are limited. He is perfect and pure and we are sinful by nature.
We will have to content ourselves with what he has chosen to reveal to us, and I believe that we will be given a forever increasing revelation through all the endless ages of eternity and yet we will never fully understand him.
We have sung with vigor in a convincing way, "Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me; I once was lost but now am found was blind but now I see." May
God open our eyes to even know in some small part how wonderful that grace is to us! May he reveal to us the truth of this great hymn concerning our wretched condition and
his generosity in desiring us at all!
Is God Love and Nothing Else?
For many who don't want to deal with everything that God is and only want the sweet parts of Christianity, they cannot conceive of God as being anything more than a benevolent father who just wants to bless his children and lives to give them their hearts desires! As this generation says, "They don't want to man up. " They would rather believe a partial truth or a lie that makes them feel good, and follow a God who will not put demands on them. This God of theirs is not the God of the Bible! The God of scripture is not interested in making life comfortable for us, but rather calls us to die to ourselves so that others might find life in Him. We are to love our enemies, do good to them that hate us, and pray for those who spitefully use us and persecute us. We are called to take up our cross and follow Christ even to death if necessary. The Bible states outright that "ALL who will live godly in Christ Jesus WILL SUFFER PERSECUTION." All is a very inclusive word, and doesn't leave anyone out. In Hebrews 12 we read that our God disciplines those he loves, which includes every man who is serious about following and obeying Christ. The Bible also tells us that it is through much tribulation we shall enter the kingdom of God. There are so many scriptures that speak of a Christian life that is far from comfortable, that to be deluded into thinking otherwise is a clear indication that the person isn't willing to believe what is written in the scriptures.
On the positive side, God has promised to be with us until the end of the world and throughout the vast ages of eternity. He has promised to do exceeding and more abundantly more than we might ask or think. He has promised his Holy Spirit to teach
and guide us through life. He has promised to meet all our "NEED," and I believe that need means spiritually, physically, mentally, materially and in every possible way. His timing doesn't always suit us, but he certainly knows much better than we do when we need something and when withholding it is better for us.
For those who rebel against God and his commandments and his son there is a God
who is a God of judgment and wrath. God will punish those who reject his offer of mercy, but it is in his heart to deliver them from their wickedness if they will repent. Judgment is reserved for the unrepentant who die in their sin and refuse to turn from their own ways. Some would say that God's judgment is too harsh, but that is simply because we only see sin with our finite understanding and our earthly construct, and we don't understand the depths of sin as God does. I believe on the day of judgment it will be perfectly clear that sin is exceeding evil beyond our comprehension, and that everyone who dies in their sin and open rebellion against God will acknowledge that
their punishment is just. There will be no arguing as all people of all ages stand in the presence of God in all his holiness and power. Imagine, if you can, coming into the presence of a God who is absolutely pure and holy and perfect, laden with sin and knowing that you could have come before him acceptable and cleansed in the blood of Jesus Christ, but you refused! In Revelation, Chapter One, a man of God named John
was on the island of Patmos when Jesus appeared to him in all his resurrected glory
and power. The Bible says that this holy man of God "fell at his feet as a dead man." If a holy man fell down in terror in the presence of Christ, what will the ungodly do when they come before him? The fear of the Lord is the BEGINNING OF KNOWLEDGE!
This was written by Solomon in the book of Proverbs. The rest of the verse reads; "but fools despise wisdom and instruction." Since fear is only the beginning of knowledge, it
is safe to believe that no knowledge of any worth belongs to those who will not fear the God who will one day judge them. Even Jesus said; "Fear not those who can kill the body but after that can do nothing, but rather fear him who can cast both body and soul into Hell." That would be God - nobody else.
So God is a God of love and mercy and for that we should be very thankful! But God is also a God of perfection and so his wrath and judgment are as real and perfect as his love. So serving God is an admixture of love and fear; not one or the other. It is the lack of fear in the body of Christ that has caused many to be lazy in their walk with God and many others to become comfortable in things that they know they should run from. The lack of fear in Christians has also been the cause of a lack of fear among the unbelievers, and so they too have become careless enough to ignore, and in some cases, mock God. God, however will be just and everyone will receive what they deserve whether they believe or not. A very wise person once said; "God said it and that settles it, whether I believe it or not."
For those who just know about God and are reading this; isn't it about time that you get to "know him?" For those who know him and are careless in their association with him, isn't it time to repent and return to your first love? For all of us, no matter what our spiritual condition is, shouldn't we consider God as he really is and obey him with all our heart? There is not a more profitable or wonderful thing in the world than knowing and loving God. It is a personal thing that all of us must experience for ourselves!