God is not impressed by our wisdom, strength, riches. He made everything, and what we have was made and given by his grace. Jeremiah taught that God DELIGHTS in our relationship with Him—Us knowing Him. A relationship that produces understanding, knowledge, kindness, justice, and righteousness ON EARTH.
On this EARTH, in our bodies, today, tomorrow, in any situation—A relationship with God helps us to be shaped into his image and to act in His holy ways. The Bible teaches that God can be known. That’s astonishing, isn’t it? The God of the Universe has chosen to reveal Himself to us. He longs for us to know Him more fully, more accurately and more personally.
The Bible and Knowing God
Let’s consider five passages this morning that speak of the vital importance of knowing God.
Jeremiah 24:7: “I will give them a heart to know me…” Friends, you and I were made to know God. He has put within each of us a desire to know Him.
John 17:3: “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God.” Our privilege and responsibility is to know God this is what being a believer is all about.
Ephesians 1:17: “…so that you may know Him better.” You and I can always know God better than we do right now. This should be our heart’s passion.
Psalm 9:10: “Those who know your name will trust in you.” Our knowledge of God should lead to greater faith and obedience.
2 Thessalonians 1:8: “Those who do not know God…” God will judge those who choose to not get to know Him.
God has supernaturally revealed Himself through the Scriptures. 2 Timothy 3:16: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” If you want to get to know God, you do it by getting to know this book. If you want to hear from God, then read this book. The Bible is bursting with direct statements from God about God and it reveals His mind, His heart, and His will for us. Friends, you cannot possibly know God apart from knowing Him through His words. The more you know about the Bible, the more you will know about its Author.