“THAT THEY KNOW YOU”
Monday, December 18, 2017
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“Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?” Job 11:7

Many people question whether we can actually know God. He is infinitely greater than His creation, and any attempt to understand Him must necessarily fall short. Trying to know God is like trying to understand the vastness of the ocean. We can stand on the shore and make observations or we can study a glass of water taken from the sea, but knowing the entirety of the ocean is as impossible a task as it is to know God in His entirety.

But it is God’s will for us that we come to know Him. Just before Jesus went to the cross, He prayed for us, saying, “Now this is eternal life: that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent” (John 17:3). This assumes we can know God in part, and knowing Him is necessary to our union with Him.

When it comes to the Holy Spirit, God is often described through comparison or analogy. Scripture reveals there is only one God, but it also reveals there is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Many have tried to explain the Trinity by comparing it to a three-leaf clover. The three leaves are distinct, yet form one plant, but this is entirely inadequate as each person of the Trinity has their roles to fill. It is the Son who leads us to the Father, but it is the Spirit who enables us to know the Son. Paul says, "No one can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit" (1 Corinthians 12:3). While analogies might help us understand the complexities of God, they will never give us a fully accurate concept of who He is.

There are things we know about God from natural revelation, suggesting intelligent design which must have a Creator. We also have an inbred conscience that lets us know right from wrong, good from bad, and this is not mere happenstance either, but is planned. However, natural revelation or our consciences do not tell us who God is or His plan for this world. For this, God has given us special revelation through His Word, which we cannot know through observation or conscience.

We will never fully probe the limits of the Almighty, but God has revealed enough of Himself so that we can begin to know Him. As we read and meditate on Scripture, we learn who He is, how He operates and what He expects of us. This is the knowledge from which intimate union with God and Jesus Christ derives, and it is in intimate union that we come to know them the way God intends – experientially.

PRAYER: Almighty God, thank You for making Yourself known to us. Reveal Yourself to me further as I study Your Word and experience more of Your life within me. Thank You, God.


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