And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. ~ John 17:3
The idea, ‘God exist, therefore, I exist—I exist, therefore, God exist’ entered my thoughts this morning. However, God is omnipotent and independent of my existence, while my existence is dependent on God and a testimony to God. No matter how we grapple with reality, it is clear that God exist. We are the proof we often seek. Humans made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27)!
God created the universe (Genesis 1:1–2; Hebrews 11:3; Psalm 19:1) and assigned natural order (Genesis 1:14; Jeremiah 33:25; Psalm 8:3-4) so the universe is not accidental or arbitrary. Therefore, as human beings, we are not accidental or arbitrary. In Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NIV) we are told, This is what the Lord says: Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord.
Our God is real and we can know Him. In John, 14: 6 (NIV), Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. When I was much, much, much, younger—in my late teens—it made me cringe to hear religious leaders try to show the existence of God through science. I often thought, We would not use a microscope to look at the stars, nor would we use a telescope to see a plant cell. We, humans, are God’s instrument to know Him. Has not Jesus already made that clear to us?
Science estimates that the odds of a person being born is under 1 in 400 quadrillion, actually about 1 in 102,685,000 or basically zero. Yet, Jeremiah 1:5 tells us that God knew us before we were formed in our mother’s womb.
“Wow. . . aren’t we special! We are all precious in the site of God!”
And that He has plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plus give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). For it is our personal relationships and experiences with God that allows us to have anunderstanding to know Him.
While, we can know about God. . . we do not actually know God until we have a personal relationship with Him. For example, I can know about Bishop Jakes—I often watch his televised sermons and have read several of his books—but I would not say that I know him.
To know someone, we would need to meet them, interact with them, and learn things about them and be willing to share things about ourselves. We would need to fellowship! The astounding promise of the Bible is that we can know God and share in His eternal life (Mark 12:30; 1 John 5:11). God wants us to know Him!
God bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.