In our adult Bible study recently, a young believer commented that they would like to get to know God better, but just weren’t sure how to do that when “You can’t really see God or have Him talk to you . . .”
I can relate to his question, I mean, wouldn’t it be great to just sit down at Jesus’ feet like Mary and hear Him teach? Wouldn’t it be amazing to sneak up beside Moses as he’s having his “burning bush” encounter with God? Experiencing God with my sense of sight, touch, and smell would give me an up-close and personal knowledge that my heart often craves . . . but that’s a future event, so what do we do in this waiting period?
Remember what Jesus told Thomas about those of us who haven’t had a “touch and feel experience” with Him? Let’s revisit that promise:
[box]Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)[/box]
How could we be more blessed than those who walked with Jesus? What was Jesus telling Thomas?
I believe He was foreshadowing things to come: God’s completed revelation through His Word; the Scriptures, and the indwelling “teacher” (aka the Holy Spirit) who would be on the scenes for believers after Jesus’ ministry here was completed.
The Holy Spirit provides the personal and supernatural empowering for post-resurrection believers. He is as present as the “physical Messiah” was with His followers in Galilee, but the mode of operation is different. This third person of the Trinity speaks through God’s completed revelation, Scripture, to convey God’s heart, character, and identity to us.
My recommendation for new believers, and anyone who wants to “get acquainted with God,” is a few simple things to include in your daily schedule.
Getting Acquainted with God:
- God has revealed Himself: His plans for mankind, His purpose for us, His redemptive story and His character, through His written Word, so the best place to start in getting to know God is reading Scripture.
- Before reading Scripture, ask the “Helper” to give you understanding as you read His Word.
- Choose a book or portion of Scripture to study, but before beginning, research to find out the context of what you are reading. Who was the author and the audience? When was it written and why?
- Read the portion of Scripture multiple times with a few questions in mind as you read:
What do I see God doing?
What characteristics of God are revealed?
Are there any phrases or words that are stressed or repeated?
How can I apply this passage to my life?
What in this passage causes me to love or appreciate God more?
On some days, you may want to journal the answer to these questions. But if you don’t journal, at least mentally walk through the list of questions and lift up prayers of thanksgiving to God as He reveals to you more about Himself in the passage.
Getting acquainted with God is not rocket science. It is so simple that He invites young children to come and learn of Him. But getting acquainted with God does require a humility that is willing to seek His face, to listen to His heart, and to access Him through His Word.
[box]With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes! Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works.
Let my cry come before you, O Lord; give me understanding according to your word! (Ps. 119:10–12, 18, 27, 169)[/box]
How well do you “know God?”
How much time are you spending getting acquainted with Him through His Word?
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