Monday Reflection – October 28, 2019
The people who know their God will display strength and take action. Daniel 11:32 NASB
The Watchword for today strikes a powerful and ever-necessary note when it comes to focusing on our relationship with God. The question we have to ask ourselves is whether or not we know God. There is a vast difference between knowing God and knowing about God. Knowing about God is to have some measure of knowledge or understanding, to be exposed to information regarding God. Even the fool know about God, for it is only the fool who has said in his heart, “There is no God.” On the other hand, to know God is about a personal intimate relationship with God where we have daily conversations with him, and seek his advice before making any decisions. Knowing God is about looking to him daily for comfort and strength; where God is our closest friend and confidant.
But, how do you get to know God in this way?
1. By learning of him – There is only one textbook where we may know God in truth, and that is the Bible. A lot of books have been written about man’s concepts and ideas about God, but only in the Bible does God reveal himself to us. It shows how God related to humanity through history, and how we can relate to him.
2. Through Jesus Christ – In Hebrews 1:2 we hear, “God who in different times and in various ways spoke to man through his prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by his own dear Son.” Jesus is the final and perfect revelation of God to humans, for he is God. When Philip said to Jesus, just show us the Father and we will be satisfied, Jesus answered, “Have I been with you all of this time, and have you not seen me, he that has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:8-9). Just before this, Jesus had declared, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
The text for today not only focuses on knowing God, but points to the outcome and benefits of doing so.
1. We shall display strength – We are in a spiritual battle in which physical force is ineffective, for we are not wrestling against flesh and blood, but spiritual powers. In the context of this spiritual warfare, Paul says, “Be strong in the Lord, and the power of his might” (Ephesians 6:10). Our strength is in God; our power comes from him. Indeed, we can be a physical wimp, but a spiritual giant when we seek strength from God. Yet, we can be a physical giant, and a spiritual wimp when we depend on ourselves.
2. We shall take action or we shall do exploits – Hebrews 11 describes the exploits of men and women who knew their God. Hear verse 34, “They quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.” When we truly know God, God does amazing exploits in, through and with us.
The bottom line question is, do we really know God?