Knowing God

David Muyskens

READ : Jeremiah 31:33-34

They shall all know me. (v. 34)

Knowing about God is different than knowing God. With our minds we can know some ideas of what God is like. Learning from Scripture we can know the revealed truths of the divine attributes. Looking at Jesus we can know much about the nature and character of the Heavenly Father. Observing nature we can see the handiwork of the Creator.

But all these things by themselves don’t add up to knowing God. You can no more know God by gathering information than you can know a person by reading a biography. You can find out a lot about someone, but you can only say you know them when you have met.

We know God through love, not logic. Only in love do we experience a personal relationship with God. God is beyond our understanding. Reason alone cannot fathom the grandeur and mystery of the One who is Source of All, Eternal Word, and Holy Spirit.

You can only say you know someone well after you have spent time together in intimate conversation and camaraderie. Prayer is spending time with God. It is getting to know God in a deeply personal way. It is being with God in listening, in talking, and in silence.


Thank you, O God, that you desire an intimate relationship with us in Christ. Amen.