Written by: Tim Wood
Thus, says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 9:23-24 ESV)
What is the most important thing in life? According to Jeremiah it’s not earthly wisdom, strength or riches. It’s knowing God. Knowing carries the idea of having a personal relationship with him. People need to know that God can be known.
Knowing God does not involve knowing everything about Him (we’d have to be God to know all that). But God has given us knowledge that is totally adequate for personal salvation and growth. God has given us this knowledge of Himself in five main ways:
Nature–nature reveals the Creator. “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.” (Psalm 19:1-2)
Conscience–God has put into people’s hearts a natural understanding of right and wrong. “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds.” (Heb. 10:16).
The Ten Commandments–God’s requirements for people (Ex. 20:1-17).
Old and New Testaments– what we need to know to be saved and to live for Him. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” (2 Tim. 3:16).
Christ–if we would know God, we must know Christ. “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.” (Hebrews 1:1-2).
What a privilege. We have the opportunity to know God. I pray that we experience his power in nature and in our conscience. That we are humbled before him by the ten commandments. That we listen to him and obey him through the Scriptures. And ultimately, we see him and love him through Jesus Christ.