How long does it take you to get to know someone? How well do you know your parents? How well do you know your spouse? How well do you know your siblings? What do you do to get to know someone you recently met through work or school? How well do you know your friends?
We know some people well and others not so well. We are close to family and friends. We know our workmates to some degree, but there are many things we don’t know. We know far less about people we recently met.
We know far less about someone we have seen from a distance. For example, we know very little about celebrities. We only know what they or their publicists are willing to share publicly. We don’t really know them, we only know their public persona.
To get to know someone, we spend time with them. The more time we spend with them, the better we get to know them. During that time, we talk with them. Through conversation, we relate stories and hear their stories. As we grow closer, we start sharing feelings and desires with one another. We begin seeing the inner person not just the outer shell.
The same approach holds true to get to know God better. As we spend time with Him, we get to know Him better. As we share our feelings, we grow closer to Him. When we listen for Him to communicate with us, we begin to hear Him speak to us. We learn to keep the communication channel open with God at all times.
Learning who God is solidifies our understanding and belief that He created us. We realize we belong to Him, that He cares for us, and will guide us through every step of our lives. Our faith is strengthened as our knowledge of who God is grows. Knowing we belong to Him gives us comfort, peace, joy, and contentment.
I pray we all grow in our knowledge of God. I pray we seek to know Him better. I pray each one of us realizes we belong to Him and He cares for us. Know who God is. Grow in knowledge of Him. Know you belong to Him. Know God cares for you.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.