Text: Daniel 11:32b, John 17:3, Isa 49:9b, Jer. 32:27, Gen 17:1, Rev.1:8
To know God is to know whom He is, His character, what He has done, what He is doing and what He is capable of doing. To know Him is to know how He can affect you, your life and your future and how He controls the universe which He created.
If you want to know God, you have to be close and have knowledge of Him by studying His word.
The Bible says in Daniel 11:32b "But the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits". You are expected to know Him so that you can be strong and be able to do many things in the business of the kingdom. Jesus said in John 17:3 "And this is life eternal that they might know thee, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent". God in Lev 18:1 said to Moses "Speak unto the children of Israel and say unto them I am the Lord your God". From Lev 18:1-4 God repeated it three times; "I am the Lord your God". In Isa.46:9b God said; "For I am God and there is none else. I am God and there is none like me". Isa 46:10 "Declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying my counsel shall stand and I will do all my pleasure".
In Jer.32:27 the Lord said, "Behold I am the Lord, the God of all flesh, is there anything too hard for me?” In Gen.17:1 the Lord appeared to Abraham and said unto him; "I am the Almighty God, walk before me and be thou perfect. I will make my covenant between me and thee and will multiply thee exceedingly.” In Matt.22:32 the Lord said, “I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob". God is not the God of the dead but of the living. In Lev.11:44; the Lord said "For I am the Lord your God, ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves and ye shall be holy, for I am holy." In Rev.1:8 God said "I am the Alpha and the Omega, who is, who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
As mentioned above. God Himself made it known that He is Holy, He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. He will keep His covenant. He is the Almighty God. He is the Lord. He is a God of multiplication, that there is none like Him. He is the God of the living. He is the God of our ancestors. Nothing is too hard for him. He can do all things. He is perfect. With Him all things are possible. He is the creator and sustain er of every thing.
All the characteristics mentioned above are confirmed in the scriptures. Let us consider God in various ways:
God as the Creator:
He formed the Earth by His command. Going through Gen.1:1-31, from day one to six, God created the universe. In Gen.1:26 "He created man after His own image. He created heaven and earth. Thus the heaven and the earth were furnished and the entire host of them and on the seventh day He rested". God created everything in heaven and on earth, including you. Automatically He controls all things. He controls everything about you. He gave you dominion over all the things He created and prophesied multiplication unto you.
God as Love:
1st John 4:16 says "And we have known and believed the love that God hath for us. God is love". God demonstrated this in John 3:16 "For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life”. God loves you and I so much that he sent his son to us to reconcile us with him after Adam has fallen. Who else can show you this kind of love? It is unquantifiable. Apart from sending his son, He sent His word to be a lamb unto our feet and a light unto our path. The word is to guide you as a compass and all you need is in the word. In addition, He sent us the comforter, who is the Holy Spirit.
God as a generous giver:
In James 1:5 the Bible says “If any one of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him”. Also in Matt 7:7, the Bible says “Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock, and it shall be opened unto you”. In addition, Jer 33:3 says the Lord “Call to me and I will answer you and show you great and unsearchable things you do not know”. This is the Lord you are serving, He asks you to ask, He says you should call on Him and He will answer you. This is an assurance for you that God is there for you all the time. Just call on Him. He is interested in the affairs of all His creatures particularly you.
He fights battles for you:
He is called the mighty warrior. He fought for King Jehoshaphat, He supported David against Goliath, He supported Gideon in battle, and He fought for the Israelites against king Pharaoh. Are you in to any battle? The mighty warrior is there for you.
He is a miracle working God:
The birth of Jesus Christ was a miracle. Parting the Red Sea for the Israelites was indeed a miracle. He is still performing miracles. He answers prayers. He answered Jabez (Isaiah 4:10), He answered Hannah.(1st Sam 1:20). He is ready to answer your own prayers too.
He is an ever present help in time trouble:
Psalm 4:1 says “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble”. For your sake He does not sleep. His eyes are moving to and fro, watching over you. He promised you long life in Psalm 91:16. He says whatever challenges you are passing through He is there with you. He promised He won’t leave you alone. He is ready to contend with whoever contends with you, to bless whoever blesses you and curse whoever curses you. What a caring and loving God!
In addition to the above, His mercy endures for ever. He is compassionate and slow to anger. He is your healer, provider, defender; He has chosen you and has given you the privilege to call Him father.
Your God is eternal, immortal, sinless, faithful, omnipotent and omniscient. That is your God. He is sufficient for you and His grace too is sufficient to see you through life. What God is cannot be exhausted. He does new things daily. He loads you daily with many benefits and blessings.
As you read the scriptures you will know Him more. The more of Him you know, the stronger you become and the more of His kingdom work you will be able to do. You should know your God very intimately. His power is in you. He is able to do immeasurably more than all you ask or imagine.
I pray in Jesus name you will know Him the more, and you will harness all the capacity He has embedded in you; that God will reveal Himself to you so that you can know Him more and grant you the grace to appreciate Him the more. AMEN.