October 23, 2010

Knowing More About God

John 14:8-10, 24

“This is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”
John 17:3


The beauty and complexity of nature tell us something about God. But there is much more to know about God than his creative power and design. The Bible tells us that God is holy and just and that he will not allow sin to destroy his creation. Still, there is much more to know about God than his righteous judgment.

The “more to know” is that God deeply loves us and desires above all that we be filled with his life.

Jesus knows that love because he has lived in it from all eternity. And Jesus wants us to know and live in the love and compassion of the Father. He wants us to be able to call God “our Father.”

Likewise, the teachings of Jesus show that he is profoundly intelligent and wise. His miracles show that he has extraordinary power.

But there is also much more to know about him. He is the very Son of God, sent by our Father to free us from the power of sin and death and to show us how to live as we were always meant to live.

To grow in the knowledge of God the Father and of Jesus Christ is to get closer and closer to who they are, to what they value, and to what they desire. It is to become more and more like them. Do you long for that today?

Heavenly Father, loving Lord, draw us into a closer relationship with you so that we may know you better and have a deeper understanding of what you desire and what you value. Amen.

About the author — Harvey Stob

Rev. Harvey Stob and his wife, Audrey, served as missionaries in Argentina for eleven years. They then served churches in Cincinnati, Ohio; Ridgewood, New Jersey; and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Harvey retired from full-time pastoral work in 2009. He and Audrey have three children and seven grandchildren.

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