To know God is
to experience perfect stillness
surrounded by deep rooted
excitement and expectations
To know God is
to experience Love personified
After all, our names are written
in the palm, of His right hand!
To know God is
to realise that absolute
completeness and peace
can only be found in Him
and to realise that in itself
is a blessing and a gift indeed
©Remi Banjo, Revised June 2008
So, How do we "Get To Know God?".
In our daily reality, most of us, I presume we have friends and it's safe to say that for those individuals to become our friends, we have had to spend time with them at various points in time. We have had to spend time getting to know them - going out on dates, to events, visiting each other's homes, movies and the rest.
We've had to spend time having conversations with these individuals - some light, some deep and heartfelt ones. Some face to face, some on the phone and some on the Internet; but conversations we've had to have all the same, to encourage the friendship to grow and keep growing. These conversations have further enlightened us to who they are; what they liked, what they don't like, what makes them tick and what gets them ticked off. We've had to find out what help or support they want or need from us and vice - versa. We have had to invest considerable time to getting to know them and hence they have become and remained our friends.
The same principle can be applied to us "Getting to know God", we have to spend time with him. We have to spend time in conversations with him, we have to spend time going to his "house", having lunch with him, breakfast or dinner with him, and hanging out with him. We have to know what he likes, what he does not like, what makes him tick and what makes him angry towards us.
There are many ways to get to know God, and one of them is through reading his word, the Bible - daily and constantly. Reading and meditation on his words day and night will enlighten us to who God is, what he likes and what he does not like.
Another, and most important way to get to know God is through PRAYER. I describe prayer as having conversations with God. I wrote about this a while back, and you can read it here: http://adayingodswill.blogspot.com/2008/01/whispers.html . It's having conversations as one would with a friend.
The dictionary describes conversation as thus: The spoken exchange of thoughts, opinions, and feelings; talk.
Conversation is a two-way thing. When we have conversations with God, we talk, and He listens. When He talks, we in turn MUST listen.
When we have conversations with God, he listens just as he confirmed in the days of Jeremiah in Jeremiah 29:10 -13, it reads "10For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. 11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
The truth is God has many things to say to us. He has many thoughts to put into our minds. He has many answers he wants to give to us, concerning our daily walk in his will, as explained in Proverbs 1:33, which reads "But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil "
I love the message bible version- it reads "First pay attention to me, and then relax. Now you can take it easy—you're in good hands." Imagine that!
Yet, we find it hard to press pause button in our reality to have meaningful conversations with God. We rush through our daily lives "like driving a fast car on a journey and not stopping to consult a map for directions or stopping at the gas station to obtain petrol the journey" .
The reality is that most of us find conversations - prayer with God a sense of duty.
I'm pretty sure we don't keep our natural friendships alive, through conversations out of a sense of duty. The same should apply to our relationship with God. We should not have conversations with him out of a sense of duty, it should be because our soul desires it, because our soul needs it and because our soul hungers for it.
So, here is me encouraging us all, that if we don't already, to start the process of conversation, of prayer with the Almighty God; and if we do already, to keep it up and ask the Holy Spirit to help us to keep having meaningful conversations with God. Conversations that will bring glory to the beauty of his holy name.
Have a wonderful day of friendship with the most high God, and through the fruits of his friendship, make Him famous along the way.
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