I believe that God wants to know us, and wants to be known. If that’s true, why does it seem so difficult to know Him? I think there are many reasons for that, but here’s a few:
God is infinite. We are currently bound by time.
“‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.’” Revelation 1:8
God is complex. We aren’t ready.
God is perfect. We were born into imperfection.
“We see things through a glass, darkly” 1 Corinthians 13:12
In these ways, it’s difficult for us to know God because he is so different. And in some ways, we just have to embrace the mystery, trust and have faith, that God is who He says He is, and He’s going to do what He says He’s going to do.
But He also calls us to KNOW Him. By “know” I believe that means to experience Him, not just know facts about Him. We often call it the difference between being a fan and a follower. Fans of Jesus know stuff about Him, but don’t really apply it to their lives. Followers actually model theirs lives after Him. In the same way, I think you can know facts about the character of God, but not actually have a relationship with Him.
So how do we get to know Him?
This week, we’ll challenge ourselves to try a few of the disciplines from the article we read in Bold & Brave. For more info or direction on any of them, click that link for the article. This week, try 2 that you haven’t tried ever, or in a long time. Look through the list reflectively and try to pick out something that you need, then try the discipline for it!
Disciplines of Engagement (Christ in Community)
Disciplines of Abstinence (Self-Denial)