Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord;
his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers,
as the spring rains that water the earth. Hosea 6:3
To know Him — truly know Him — means He affects my moments. It means my view changes and my response softens when dinner is late, stuff spills, and kids need me. When I can’t touch peace as easy or my feelings flare, to know Him means I press into Him — the Source of peace. And then I change.
Three basic things have to happen in order for me to know Him. These aren’t the only things, but they are necessary for me to say I actively know God:
- I observe Him — I pause and glean from His Word. I watch Him through the pages of Scripture. I note how He moves and learn what He expects from me as His child. I observe Him.
- I reflect upon Him — I think about what I’ve observed. I meditate upon His ways and His words. I hold myself up to His Word and honestly evaluate my own heart. I linger, reflecting upon Him.
- I experience Him — It’s His day — His plan. So I commune with Him. I submit to Him. I believe Him to fill me full of His Spirit. Then I listen to His promptings and ask Him to strengthen me towards obedience.
I often get distracted. I stand in the middle of my kitchen with water boiling in the background, the table covered in craft project leftovers, and I react. I overreact. Yet He graciously whispers, “Know Me. Know Me.” So I stop, close my eyes, and think upon the God I observed that morning. I commune with Him. I know Him. And He changes me.
How do you personally know God? What do you do to know Him?