Explore God: Can I Know God Personally? – October 26, 2015
1 Corinthians 8:3, But whoever loves God is known by God.
Matthew 1:23, “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a Son, and they will call Him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
Deuteronomy 31:6, Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Can we really know God personally? Absolutely. God reveals Himself to us through His words and draws near to us through His actions. He has not left us alone. Put yourself in the boots of the first astronauts. Imagine getting into the spaceship alone. Though having another astronaut beside you may not solve a hopeless situation, companionship is nevertheless a real comfort when taking risks or in times of trouble. Many people believe that we cannot know God personally. They have a view of a God that is distant and unknowable. However, Christians believe, and the Bible teaches, that God can be known and that He even desires it greatly. In fact, one of the most common promises the God of the Bible communicates is that He will be “with” us. This promise of His presence comforts us in dangerous or hopeless situations.
The most vivid expression of His desire to be “with” us, however, can be found in the person of Jesus. He physically came near. Christians believe that God took on flesh so that He could eat, be tempted, love, teach, heal, and eventually die for the sake of the human race. In fact, His primary purpose was to make it possible for us to know God up-close and personal.
Think about that, and have a great day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D