We know much about God, but few really know God and fewer understand Him. We know and experience a lot of the “culture” of God, or the church. The potlucks, the music, the jargon of God’s people,, the do’s and don’ts of faith. These things are familiar to us, yet really knowing God escapes most. We understand the way to God or the Father is Jesus and His work on the cross, and resurrection, but to know the Lord, and to have friendship with God is elusive to most, never thought about to some, and pursued by the minority of those who admit to being His people.
To know someone takes time. Sadly, I must confess, we try to know God, while investing as little time as possible. Many families worship together now, only a couple times a month, some do some Bible reading at home, and say some prayers. I must confess to my own lethargic attention at times to my efforts to know the God of the universe. It is no wonder when hard times hit us, we wonder where God is? When the comforts of our modern culture are interrupted we question the very existence of God and our own faith. Making large investments into our soul, must no longer seem impossible, out of reach, or unrealistic. It is time to take time to know Him.
I have learned and I am being being reminded (as of late), that there are no short cuts to knowing God. There are no “hacks” or apps that make it faster and easier than daily investing some time, reserving some place in our thoughts, and making choices in our day, to carve out time to get to know our closest friend. It is all about time. We, I, am too much in a hurry. We have too many things to do, and we are hurried even when there is respite and time off. We must complete the yard work quickly, get the kids to bed, eat and do chores fast, and we never pace our lives to enjoy the life God has given us, for He is not separated from us, therefore, He is not separated from our daily activities of our lives, however mundane and routine they are. We must grasp the realization that we are living with Christ, all the time. So setting aside extra time in the day to know Him, is not that out of reach.
Being taught by the living Christ, through contemplative prayer, solitude, true study of Scripture, and prayer will lead us to knowing God on a level we never thought was possible. We must reserve room in our mind to think of him, and to become one in thought, heart, and soul. We must immerse ourselves in solitude and silence, with undisturbed times from the electronics, of phones, and IPads, that ding, alert us, and drag us back to the hurried world, and out of His presence. We must rush off, making money, making friends, making our mark on this earth, but without knowing God it is all in vain, hollow, and pointless.
We must invest in our spirit, in the same way in invest in our physical bodies. This investment has the greatest return. We will slowly, day by day, understand the Lord, feel His heart, grow in love, and many things in the world that we have been deceived as being such a high priority begin to grow, “strangely dim”.
We make time to do so many things, that I think the “I don’t have time” excuses have no more merit. The stakes are too high. Your transformation is imperative to your parenting, marriage, vocation, and enjoyment of life if we truly want the abundant life Christ promised us (John 10.10).
May this Psalm be the cry of our heart, and the evidence of that cry
1 O God, you are my God;
I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
where there is no water.
2 I have seen you in your sanctuary
and gazed upon your power and glory.
3 Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
how I praise you!
4 I will praise you as long as I live,
lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
5 You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
I will praise you with songs of joy.
6 I lie awake thinking of you,
meditating on you through the night.
7 Because you are my helper,
I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.
8 I cling to you;
your strong right hand holds me securely.
Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ps 63:1–8). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.