Monday, 25 February 2019
According to the dictionary, knowledge is facts, information and skills acquired through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. For example, Bible knowledge: To me, Bible knowledge means knowing the contents of the Bible.
If someone talks about a person e.g. John Wayne, I might say, “I know him” but these words are ambiguous. Do I know him personally? Is John Wayne my friend or an acquaintance? If he is my friend, how deep is our friendship?
What if the person we talk about is God? Do you know God? Who is He to you? Do you want to know more about Him (from books or from other people)? Do you want to meet Him personally?
Before I became a Christian, I was interested to know more about God. I actually read the Bible every morning. After I became a Christian, I wanted more of God in my life. He is no longer distant. He became my Father, my closest Friend, and my Counselor. I know: He sees my heart. He knows my thoughts.
C. S. Lewis Institute: We begin to know God personally when He draws us to Jesus Christ, and we turn toward Him in repentance and faith shines the light of eternal truth into our souls. But this is only the BEGINNING of a relationship that is meant to grow deeper with each passing day… It is impossible for Him to show Himself to a man whose whole mind and character are in the wrong condition. Just as sunlight, though it has no favourites, cannot be reflected in a dusty mirror as clearly as a clean one.
Lewis points out what the Bible tells us, namely, that we must keep walking into that Light in order to be transformed by it and to grow to better know Him who is its source. We must, in other words, put away sin and works of darkness from our lives and embrace with obedience the light and truth of God’s word. This requires settled determination and serious efforts on our part. But it is worth all that is required, for as Jesus said: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (Matthew 5:8 NIV)
Dear Father God, hear my prayer:
Search me, O God, and know my heart. Test me, and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends You and lead me along the path of everlasting life. Amen! (Psalm 139:23-24)
Lam Yee Ling