Knowing God; October 3, 2018

1 Corinthians 13:12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

This is a very significant statement, and truth. Each age thinks they know many things, but often succeeding generations discover those former “truths” to have been wrong. That is certainly evident in science, which is ironic considering that so many people place their faith in it. The pace of discovery is picking up, so this is operative even in our own lifetimes. The “atomic model” I was taught in school – and I started college as a Chemistry major – is no longer thought to be accurate, and that’s just the beginning. We live in what is reasonably called the Information Age, but we have few if any guarantees as to whether that flood of information is accurate. “Fake news” is quite the buzz word these days, and for good reason. That’s all the more reason to take comfort in this verse. It requires humility, which is why some people reject it, but it also provides hope, which we all need. One reason people reject it is the statement that we are fully known. That references our omniscient Creator, and some people don’t want to acknowledge His existence because that would require accountability. If God knows us fully, we can’t hide anything, and that makes many people very nervous! However, when we believe and trust that God is love and will forgive all who come to Him on the basis of His Son’s blood, then being fully known is a deep comfort, and something to rejoice in.

I don’t think I ever doubted God’s omniscience, but that doesn’t mean I always ordered my life with respect for His laws. I have always enjoyed learning and knowing things, and read the Encyclopedia Britannica for fun as a 4th grader, so the current flood of information is in some ways delightful for me. I can easily get distracted for hours on the Internet, reading about everything from quantum mechanics and string theory to survival techniques. However, I’ve got to keep that all in perspective. I am well aware that much of that information will be useless to me, however much I enjoy it, and much of it is quite probably wrong. Knowing God, however, is a different matter. I can know Him only as He reveals Himself to me, but thankfully He has given us the Bible, and He speaks to me daily through it. A verse in Hosea has been delightfully set to music in Japanese, and I translated it to be able to sing it in English: “Let us press in to know the Lord; Let us dedicate our hearts that we may celebrate His Name, for as surely as the sun rises high up in the sky, our God will come to us.” (Hosea 6:3) In the particular context of the passage, the people were not saying that in sincerity, but that needs to be my attitude in truth. I am never to place intellectual knowledge above knowing my God, face to face.

Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You for making it clear to me that You’re smart and I’m not. Help me indeed hang onto nothing but You, knowing You more and deeper and better than I know anything else, because You are indeed worthy and nothing else is. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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