Knowing God and Being known by God

Psalm 119:105, 112
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path….I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes forever, to the very end.

Few people have probably ever spent as much studying the Scripture to amass knowledge as the Pharisees did. But they missed the whole object of the Scripture, which Jesus pointed out to them: “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life” (John 5:39, 40). The object of the Scripture is to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. It’s one thing to know about the Bible, and it’s another thing to know the Author of the Bible. It’s one thing to know about Jesus, and another thing to know Jesus.

There are college professors of religion who study the Bible day and night for the purpose of argumentation and philosophy. They are brilliant intellectually, but spiritually they are dead, because they do not know Jesus Christ. Reading the Scripture is useless until you come to realization that its words speak of Jesus Christ and drive you to Him. Carrying a Bible in your hand will not save you. Having Jesus in your heart will save you. So when you read the Word of God, read it for one purpose: to find Jesus and His will for your life.

You cannot overcome the adversities that will confront you without the living Word of God in your life. When His words speak to you, it is always for a purpose. God uses the Word in every occasion to bring you to the conformity of Jesus Christ and to empower you with spiritual life. King David wrote: “Search me, O God, and know my heart…. See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Ps 139:23, 24). The only way through adversity is knowing God and being known by God.

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