Behold Your God, Acknowledging God Without Knowing Him, Part 1

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:45pm

It is possible to acknowledge the existence of God while not truly knowing Him.  This statement should make any Christian pause and think.  If it doesn't, then pride has raised its ugly head.  I should always consider this, "Do I really know God?"  I'm solid in foundational issues, but it's the details that will always be foggy, partially understood, never fully known --until we stand face to face with the living God . Even then, it will take all of eternity to learn about Him.  He's that big.

What are the markings of a life that acknowledges God while not truly knowing Him?  

When people live as if they have no king but themselves.  Judges 2:10 says, "When all the generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had down for Israel."  Judges 17:6 says," In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes."

Do I live under the authority of King Jesus or do I go by what I feel like is right or wrong?

Who rules over my time, money, friendships, choices of entertainment, leisure thoughts, conversations?

When people are ignorant of the things of God but clever in getting their own way.  Jeremiah 4:22 says, "For My people are foolish, they have not known Me.  They are silly children, and they have no understanding.  The are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge."

I complain that the Bible is too difficult to understand (with so many interpretations, who really knows?!); that the Christian life is too hard; that prayer is confusing, unproductive, a waste of time; that evangelism means stepping out in ways I'm uncomfortable with; that discipling others takes way too much time and commitment; and that bearing others burdens or speaking the truth in love is way too messy -- it's not my "gifting."

Jeremiah 9:13-14, "And the Lord said, 'Because they have forsaken My law which I set before them, and have not obeyed My voice, nor walked according to it, but they have walked according to the dictates of their own hearts and after the Baals, which their fathers taught them . . . ' "

When I live by my desires instead of God's Word, it is evidence that I don't know God.  I pick what Biblical precepts to obey and ignore others, or I substitute mine for God's.  It's the same as saying, "My ideas are better than Yours, God."

The Bible speaks to areas in our lives-

Ephesians 4:28  "Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need."  And 6:5-6, "Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.  Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart." (Integrity at Work.)

Ephesians 5:22-25  "Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, His body, of which He is the Savior.  Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. " Verse 33 , "However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband."  Verses 6:1-4,  "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  'Honor your father and mother'—which is the first commandment with a promise— so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.  Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." (Christlikeness in the Home

Romans 13:1-2 "Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.  Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves."  (Submission to Authority)

Philippians 2:3-4  "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others."  (Servant-mindedness)

These are tall orders indeed . . .  I cannot exemplify even a fraction of this in my life without Christ forming me from the inside.  My job is to be moldable, keeping myself in a position of submission to His Spirit, staying in the Word and in fellowship.