Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Know God – the Fulfillment of Your Heart’s Desire

John 17:3 “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”

Do you yearn to know God? Do you long for special relationship with the Father, the ultimate knowing that comes from interacting with Him as His child? I read lately that the new Testament says that we should “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”. But how do we get to know God better? First, we spend time with Him. In Psalm 46 we read, “Be still and know that I am God.” Yet achieving this stillness is difficult. Noise and diversion constantly bombard us. But if we want to know Him better, we have to discipline ourselves to carve out quiet time and space to be with God. And as we fall silent, we can hear God speak to us about His nature.

Jeremiah 29:13 ‘You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Second, we also grow closer to God by obeying His commands. We can’t grow closer to Christ while knowingly living in disobedience. If you and I want to know Him, obey Him in everything. Third, we also learn more about God by loving Him. The Bible says, “Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God … for God is love” – 1 John 4:7-8. Christ laid down His life on the cross for us, and in return we need to love Him sacrificially, laying down our lives for God, submitting our will for His glory. As we do this, we discover more about God’s sovereignty and love.  

Does you soul pant for a more intimate relationship with God? Then spend time with Him this very moment, in His holy Word or in a quiet place. Choose to live obediently, and focus your love on Him. Do so, and you’ll come to know Him who loves you with a love far beyond anything humans can offer. You’ll find the fulfillment of your heart’s desire.

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