God wants to be known

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “The awesome reality of the presence of God”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “I will take you as my people, and I will be your God. You will know that I am the Lord your God …” Exodus 6:7 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “God wants to be known”
 
I’ve mentioned before that one of the most helpful and transformative studies I have ever participated in occurred early in my life as Christian and it was “Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God” by Henry Blackaby. Over the last thirty years or so, I’ve gone back to that study multiple times. In fact, for my personal Bible study time in 2023 I will be working through “The Experiencing God Study Bible”. Every chapter of both the Old and New Testaments is filled with lots of commentary notes, sidebars, insights, and life lessons taken from the original Experiencing God Bible study (I was so eager to get started that I’ve cheated and begun it a month early).
 
One statement from that original study which captured my attention and then my heart was this: “One of the greatest truths in all of Scripture is that God wants to be known by His people.” I was intrigued by the thought that God “wants” to be known by me, and that He has gone to incredible lengths to make Himself known to me. I have now spent more than thirty years since then getting to know Him.
 
The words we read in Exodus 6:7, were spoken by God to and about the nation of Israel. He was about to deliver them from captivity in Egypt and He would then go to progressively greater and greater lengths to reveal Himself to them, so that they could know Him and have a deep relationship with Him. God did that for them, but He also did it for Himself. Remember, God wants to be known by His people.
 
That was true for them back then and it’s just as true for us today. God wants you to know Him. That’s so true that He initiated the relationship by reaching out to you, wooing you, and drawing you to Himself.
 
God’s desire for us to know Him and to be in a deep and intimate relationship with Him is so strong, that it’s one of the reasons for the incarnation. God came to us in the person of Jesus first and foremost to rescue us from our sins, that’s true. But He also came in the person of Jesus as part of His ongoing efforts to make Himself known to us, and it is through the person of Jesus that we can most easily relate to Him. We’ll explore that important truth in greater detail in the days to come.
 
One of the greatest truths in the Bible is that God wants to be known by us. The question is, do you want to know Him as much as He wants to be known by you?
 
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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