Have you ever had one of those weeks when something unexpected happens and your entire life is turned upside down? That happened for us recently when family from India came to visit.
I didn’t expect their visit to be quite so disruptive to our regular routine, but it was. There was extra pressure to clean the house and to make it “perfect” for our guests. There was pressure to make the “perfect” meal, but I had no idea what our guests liked. Were they vegetarian? Did they have food allergies? I had no idea what they enjoyed doing. Would they like to see Niagara Falls or would they rather a visit to the ROM or maybe the zoo? The “not knowing what to do” became very stressful.
As I was striving to make things “perfect” for our guests, I realized how very little I knew of the people coming. We were related by blood but I really didn’t know them and I certainly didn’t know how to please them, which I really wanted to do.
And it struck me: how often is this our story with God? We want to please God, we want to love the things God loves and hate the things God hates. But do we know what those things are? How can we know God?
Throughout scripture, God is depicted as wanting a relationship with us (Deut. 7:7-8; Prov. 8:17; 1 John 4:10; Acts 17:27). How amazing is that?
But how can we know God?
We will never completely know God but Henry Blackaby in his book Experiencing God, writes that if we want to know God better, if we want to experience God, then we need to pay attention to where and how God reveals Himself. Blackaby reminds us that God reveals Himself through:
- Circumstances; and
- The church - God’s people.
Join us this Sunday as we continue our faithful journey in learning more about our amazing God. A God, who knows you by name. A God that loves you so much that He sent His son to die on the cross for YOU.
Now that is a love worth knowing!