My usual way of writing is out of my experiences. When I feel something, I share it. When God teaches me something I pass it along. I enjoy writing this way because it feels honest and transparent.
Recently, I’ve been in an odd season. God has been growing, stretching, challenging and changing me. Great, right? I should have so many things to share. But, God has been telling me to be still and quiet. The things he has been teaching me are things I need to take to heart, things that need to seep into all the hidden places of my heart and mind.
It feels like I’m coming out of that quiet season and stepping into a season of boldness. Or maybe it is me accepting the bold parts of my spirt instead of ignoring it. Either way, there is a moving in my spirit.
I have a little nugget I want to share with you that I heard this past week that has been floating around in my mind since. Do you know about God or do you know God?
We live in an instant world. Anything you want to know about God that has ever been said or written is literally at your finger tips. It is not hard to know about God. Any verse or scriptural topic can be googled. You can read essays by those who believe in God and those who do not.
Would you marry someone after reading their biography without spending any other time with them throughout your marriage? No! That is a silly idea, right? So why are you doing that with God?
How do you know the things he wants to teach you, the calling he has for your life, the correction from the Holy Spirit, the peace that he wants to give you or the joy that he wants you to live in if you do not spend time with him?
You are trying to fool yourself and everyone around you. I know the game, I’ve played it. I’ve been playing it.
So how do you know God? You spend time with him. You pray, not just for your food or with your children at bedtime. James 5:16 tells us about the power of prayer. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. God wants to share his power with us. When Jesus lives in us, the same power that rose him from the grave is inside of us! How are we so calm and quiet when we claim that?? The other way to know God is by spending time in the Bible. Don’t just read it, study it. If you don’t understand it talk to someone who does. Ask God for clarity of his word. He is not going to withhold himself from you if you seek him.
I urge you not to be content with knowing about God. As you know God more, your thoughts align more with his. You can step into the fullness of your calling. You can stop playing the games and live the life God intended for you.