“[For my determined purpose is]
that I may know Him …”
Philippians 3:10 (Amplified)
Personal stories often speak to me, so if I may, allow me to briefly recount my own journey to Know God. During the first 18 years, I heard about God because my parents faithfully took me to church from week one of life. Yet, my focus ended up being on the church/people, more than the lessons I heard about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. I thank God that those subtle messages sank in and taught me the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6)! I received Jesus as my Lord, and I was baptized … but initially for all the wrong reasons ~ it was what one was supposed to do.
Once a newly married 18-year-old, I chose to walk away from church completely! As I look back, I am forever grateful that God never walked away from me! I did invite Him into my life, but I spent 25 years ignoring Him ~ not consciously seeking Him, and not listening to His guidance (and oh, did He try to help me!). But despite my head-strong independent, angry times, and many ‘free-will’ choices that caused calamity, I can see where God was always there to pick me up!! At the core, I can also see the Godly values and His tender heart that was deep within me, and in my son. And, even though I raised my son to only see my perceived flaws of church/religion, instead of getting to know God and His goodness, God was always present with him too because God heard the prayers of the righteous! (Proverbs 15:29; 1 John 5:14-15) I praise God that HE loves us all so very much!!
For my determined purpose is that I may Know God … As I look back, I learned the character of God through my years in church Bible study, service and prayer, but I lost focus of ‘who is God.’ I allowed my eyes to focus on the church, the people, my family and friends ~ and my desires ~ all of us, so human and so flawed! One day I was so desperate, and I remembered to seek God, as I needed a God-sized intervention! I remember the day I surrendered all of my will, fear and my son to the Lord. And, I came back to God … slowly … learning anew about Him and His love, through Jesus Christ. I remember finally coming to the Lord because I chose to, being baptized again because by God’s grace, I wanted my past washed away and to start anew. Oh, to know this loving God who accepts us where we’re at and who brings us into His loving care.
Now, I can’t image taking a breath without God at the center ~ probably because too often I tried and failed. But, as my husband and I walk through our own recent challenges, it’s been critically important to have developed an intimate relationship with God whom we trust as our anchor, a very real, loving, powerful, mountain-moving God, who is able to positively impact our circumstances as we draw near to Him!
As I think about God ~ forming, and breathing the spirit of life into mankind (Genesis 2:7);
As I think about God ~ and how nothing about me is hidden from Him, … how His thoughts of me outnumber the grains of sand (Psalm 139) ;
As I think about God ~ and how His plans for me are good, to give me a future and
a hope (Jeremiah 29:11)
As I think about God ~ and how much He loves us, giving His only Son, Jesus, to give us life abundantly … and to save us for eternity! (John 10:10 and John 3:16)
As I think about God ~ I want nothing more than to draw near to Him and to Know Him.
I pray that your determined purpose is to Know Him. God ~ Creator of Heaven and Earth, Sovereign, Almighty, Savior, Merciful, Redeemer, our Strength, our Deliverer, our Shelter, our Strong Tower, our Present Help in time of need, our Shield, our Provider, our Peace … our Righteous God who never fails or walks away. To know God is to know true Love, for God is Love. “We love Him because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:7-19)
God’s Love and Blessings,