Many questions are asked by Christians concerning their walk with God. One vital question is “How can I know I that know God?” Do you think that’s a strange question? Knowing God should be the goal of every Christian. Like any relationship, we want to know we are doing all we can to add value to one another. In this case, we want to know our walk is pleasing in the sight of God. So how can we be sure we know God?
The Ways of God
“Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.” Job 36:26
Here Job, while going through his trial, was reflecting on the ways of God. God is Eternal. We are finite. We can not assume to know the ways of God by any measure!
“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” Romans 11:33
“Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.” Job 9:10
In other words, it is futile to attempt to figure God out. Even Solomon, with all of his wisdom, gave up on trying to figure out life, much less God.
The Thoughts of God
God has blessed us with intelligence. Unlike animals, who act mainly by instinct, we can reason and think things through. Yet no one can begin to imagine the infinite power and wisdom of the mind of God.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9
As far as our thinking is concerned, we are admonished to relegate our thoughts to Him. Why? Because He knows all things from beginning to end.
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
So How Can We Know God?
Knowing God may seem daunting to many. I mean, just how can it be accomplished? We can talk to Him in prayer. He promised to hear us when we pray according to His will.
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:” 1 John 5:14
We can read His Word. In the pages of scripture are instructions and guides for the Christian life.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” 2 Timothy 3:16
But knowing God is a lot simpler than we think…
“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.” 1 John 2:3
See how simple that is? If we will just keep His commandments, we will know Him!
To Know Him is to Love
“Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.” 1 John 2:7
As soon as the word ‘commandment’ appears, most minds go to the Old Testament and think ‘Ten’, as in the Ten Commandment. And you would be right! Because Jesus gave us the Commandments in this statement…
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” John 13:34
And this one…
“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31
These are the Ten fulfilled in two. If you read Exodus 20:3-17, you will find that the first four commandments deal with our relationship with God. The last six commandments deal with our relationship with one another.
“But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.” 1 John 2:5
If we are to know God in His fullness, we must do (keep) His Word. And if we love Him, we will. No matter what else we aspire to do in life and ministry, this is the only way to prove we know Him.
“And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” Mark 12:33
“Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;” Ephesians 6:6
“He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” 1 John 2:4
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