Saturday Sermon: Knowledge of God essential
March 11, 2011 at 3:11 a.m.
By Rev. Ronald O. Green
A few days ago, I was involved in starting up a new unit at my place of employment. As we prepared for a pre-job safety review, I suggested that we pray for a safe startup. We had done so in the past during startups. One of my superiors stated, "There is no God. There never has been. If there is a God out there it's me!" He further stated that, "Ron, if you really know God, what is he like?"
I knew at that moment, I had to respond carefully and wisely in defining God. In doing so, I discovered more about who I am because in defining God, we all discover more about who we are. If we mis-define God, we misunderstand everything because everything emanates from God in one form or another. I came to a conclusion that my superior had a distorted view of God.
I know I can't fully describe all the attributes of God - it's too much for my finite mind to grasp.
Art Linkletter once told the story about a little boy drawing a picture, and Linkletter asked what he was drawing. The little boy answered, "I'm drawing a picture of God."
Linkletter said, "Well, I thought no one knows what God looks like." The little boy replied, "They will when I get through." I don't know exactly what God looks like, but with scripture, I can paint a picture of God that is definable and defensible.
The first thing one must establish is that pursuing the knowledge of God is the most important pursuit in life. Of all the things that matter to us, knowing God through purposeful, planned, predictable study of who He is, His nature, His character and His perfections should be the driving force in our lives that enables us to define everything else accurately.
The knowledge of God is not simply an awareness of Him, acknowledging that He exists. It is more than simply knowing information about God, such as the fact that He is the Creator or He is powerful. Knowledge of God is more than having a religious experience with God, saying "I feel Him."
Those experiences are valid, but that's not how we gain knowledge of God. To know God is to have him rub off on us. Knowing God is being in relationship with Him in such a way that He influences who we are. Knowing God is also challenging because it must be our priority.
Deuteronomy 4:29 says, "You will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul." You have to be serious about studying Him and sticking with it.
To really know God, we must start with an appetite for Him. And even more than that, it must start with a personal relationship with Christ. Unless we are Christians, we will never obtain knowledge of God.
The Rev. Ronald O. Green is a Victoria area minister.