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Friday, December 2, 2016

Think About It

by Pastor B.J. Knefley

Who is God and what does He want from you? How would you answer this question? Where would you even look for the answers? For most, we get our answers and understanding of who God is from what we learn in Church. Through various methods, be it catechism, Sunday School, Bible study, or the regular church services, we come to hear and learn about God. We can also learn about God through our own study of books. Another arena for learning about God comes from the home. Regarding learning in the home Moses said the following, “Hear O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away on a journey, when you are lying down and when you are getting up again. Tie them to your hands as a reminder and wear them on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-9).

As you can see, learning about God is important, but is it enough? The answer is no. It is no because knowing about God is not the same as knowing God. For example you can read all there is about the President of the United States, but not know him? You can know his favorite foods, his personality quirks, his favorite color but you can’t speak for him, because in reality you don’t know him, you only know about him.

Understand that it is important to know about God, but He wants you to go further. Consider what He said to the friends of Job, “After the Lord had finished speaking to Job, He said to Eliphaz the Temanite; “I am angry with you and with your two friends, for you have not been right in what you said about me, as my servant Job was” (Job 42:7). They spoke presumptuously about what they knew about God, Job spoke from an intimate relationship. Do you know Him, or about Him? Think about it.

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