“All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely” (1 Corinthians 13:12b, NLT).
Many countries spend a lot of time and resources researching everything from how to grow better crops to curing diseases to providing new energy sources. It seems we have an insatiable need to know as much as we can about everything and to continue improving what we have. It’s slow going and probably gets frustrating when the answers are elusive or it comes to a dead end.
At one time or another, a lot of us have said we are going to ask God some questions when we see him. There are just so many unanswered questions and we know he has all the answers. We no doubt couldn’t handle knowing everything about God or the universe at this point, but it’s comforting to know that God understands us and will one day satisfy our hunger to know all about him and anything else we want to know. He won’t leave us in the dark.
“And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth” (John 17:3, NLT).
Many Christians, and people observing Christians, have the idea the way to heaven is to do certain things – be good, turn the other cheek, go to church – and to stop doing other things (you fill in the rest). But nothing we do or don’t do will make any difference – we can’t earn our way to heaven.
The way to eternal life is really very simple: to know Jesus and his Father, which has nothing to do with our behavior. The Amplified version expands on the word know: to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand. Wouldn’t it be great if we could help people understand that being a Christian is about knowing and loving God and our fellow human beings, not performing for him?
“This is what the Lord says: ‘Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches. But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the Lord, have spoken!'” (Jeremiah 9:23-24, NLT).
Our lives can turn on a dime – we can’t see the future and have no idea what will happen tomorrow. As soon as wisdom, power, riches, fame or youth disappears, and they will, we can feel as if the proverbial rug has been pulled from under us. Feeling secure or smug about anything except knowing God and his love is a sure way to depression and anxiety.
God says knowing him and understanding what makes him tick so to speak, is what we can hold on to and even boast about (in humility). The rug of God’s love is the only one that can’t be pulled from under our feet.