Day 18 - Knowing God
Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. (John 14:8-11)
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 let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
God is so gracious to let us know and understand Him in Christ Jesus. There is no way that we, as finite humans and sinful people, would be able to know God unless He first reveals Himself to us. Give praise to God for sending His Son to dwell among us so that we may know God and have fellowship with Him.
What is the greatest thing we should strive for in life? It is to know God. In Jeremiah 9, the Israelites had forsaken God and were boasting and putting their trust in their wisdom, strength and riches. Speaking through the prophet Jeremiah, the Lord told them about the importance of knowing Him, and that if anything, they should be boasting about their knowledge and understanding of God. In this passage He has also reveals Himself as One who is kind, just and righteous.
Jesus made it possible for us to know God personally, not just in abstract attributes. In Jesus we see God – who yearns for His people so passionately that He lays down His life for His people and enables them to have an intimate relationship with Him. In Jesus, we have direct access to the Father through prayer when we ask in Jesus’ name. Indeed, what a wonderful privilege we have to be able to have a relationship with the Triune God!
Jesus also says that because He knows God, His actions show it (Jn 14:10-11). If we know God, our actions will show it too (1 Jn 4:20-21).
Do you delight in the knowledge and understanding of God?
- Does your life - your words and actions - show that you know Christ? Let us show others what it means to know Christ and glorify God the Father.
Heavenly Father, we thank You for revealing to us who You are through Your Son Jesus Christ. Without Your intervention, we would be eternally lost and condemned. Thank You for seeking us and leading us into a relationship with You. Help me grow in my knowledge of You through Your Word and help me bear fruit so that my actions and words bear witness to Christ for Your glory. Amen.
- Your care group or Bible study to be a place where you can know God more.
- The children and youth of GBC to grow up to know Jesus as Saviour and Lord through Sunday School.
- The discipleship efforts at GBC to help members grow in knowing God as disciples of Christ.