For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death… (Philippians 3:10, Amplified)
This world holds so many attractions and distractions. There are so many things to do. So much knowledge to gain. So many goals to meet, that we could very easily lose sight of what is important in this life and that is knowing God.
As I look at my Bible this morning I am amazed at not just what the Words of this Book tell us, but what It’s very existence tells us. It is wise counsel from a very present and loving God. It is instructions from Our Commander and Chief. It is as some say an owner’s manual for life. However, this morning I see something else. I see a book about God and His ways. I see that He wants to be known.
The Bible shares accounts of the lives of men who made knowing Him their goal, their determined purpose. Paul was one of them and he was chosen to share the Gospel with the Gentiles and to write much of the New Testament.
Abraham became the father of faith and of God’s chosen people. Noah built an ark and his family was saved. Moses led God’s people out of Egypt. Joshua led them into the promised land. Joseph led two nations to plenty during an extended time of famine. David slew the giant and became a mighty king.
These men knew Him in ways that were most uncommon. And they went on to do most uncommon things. And it wasn’t just about knowing that God exists. It wasn’t just about knowing what God had done for them. It was about knowing Him.
Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You [progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with You, perceiving and recognizing and understanding more strongly and clearly]… (Exodus 33:13, Amplified)