Lately I have discovered how deceived I can be. I thought I was pretty good at being honest with myself. But then I started dealing with my old cat. A few months ago she had frequent bouts of diarrhea. I changed her diet and told myself she was better. She started prowling around and yowling for no reason. I told myself she was just getting old. She started to lose interest in eating. That became the new reality. I ignored the signs because nothing REALLY seemed to be wrong.
Then I took her to the vet and found out she has pancreatitis and kidney problems. She is seriously ill.
I was going along in my happy little deluded world, not really KNOWING the truth.
Knowing the real truth is important, especially when it comes to God. It is easy to be deluded and confused.
Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. Prov 2:2-3
I can spend all day doing great things and thinking of great things, but it’s all for naught if I don’t really KNOW God and understand what’s important to him.
This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the LORD who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things.” Jer. 9:23-24
Knowing God is not just knowledge —
. . . if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge . . . but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. I Cor 13
It is loving and caring for others.
“He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?” declares the LORD. Jer. 22:16
Knowing God is not just following Him —
The Israelites followed God through the desert, they thought they were the chosen people, but God said about them, “Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.” Heb 3:10
It is COMPLETELY trusting Him.
We think we’re God’s people, we’re Christians. But do we really trust him at all times? Do we really believe his right hand holds us fast, and he is always guiding us and working for our good? Or are we like the Israelites, who freaked out and whined when something went wrong?
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Heb 11:6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Prov 3:5-6
It is walking in obedience —
To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. I Sam15:22
It is walking in mercy —
For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings. Hos 6:6
It is walking in humility —
For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Ps 51:17
Humility is one of the scarcest attributes of religious people. The more we study the Bible, the more we think we know, and the less we become humble. It is a true battle to remain in a state of abject nothingness before God.
Just like the situation with my cat, I can be spiritually sick and not know it. I have to seek, CRY OUT, to truly know God. Let me get out of my self-centered bubble and RESONATE with humanity, always acting in love and mercy. Let me be humble at the foot of the cross.
And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
Knowing God is the most beautiful, meaningful thing there is. Thus do we see and reflect the glory of God.
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory. 2 Cor 3:18