Editor’s Note: We continue our series of blogs for those who are reading the Bible with us cover-to-cover this year. Interspersed with our thoughts on our daily reading, we want to provide some tips about reading the Bible in general. Today we want to explore …
The Difficulty of Knowing God
There is one more reason why the journey is so difficult. That reason is the difficulty of knowing God. We will discover that the purpose of the Bible is so that we can know God. But think for just a moment about how difficult this is. Examine with me for just a moment three reasons why knowing God is difficult.
God Is Invisible!
First, God is invisible. To know him, one must first accept the reality that he exists, even though you cannot see him. Since he does not have a physical body, and the Bible says that he is spirit, getting to know him is difficult to best.
Be assured that if God had not left specific instructions on how to know him, it would be an impossible task.
God Is Supernatural!
Another reason why knowing God is difficult lies in the reality that he is supernatural. We, by nature, are natural – not supernatural. Although we are spiritual, we do not possess the elements necessary to transcend time or space.
If we are to know God then we will need to work through our spiritual side and not our natural side alone. The supernatural aspect of God is one of the most exciting and rewarding parts of this journey. Along the way we will develop road signs, pointing us in the right direction in developing a walk with God.
God Is Selective In Revealing Himself!
The last area we want to consider in this difficulty of knowing God is how God explains who he is. As we journey through the Bible, we will see that he has not left us without information. On the contrary, he has given us a great deal of information about himself. That information is scattered across many different, individual encounters that he has had with the many different people.
It is our place to learn from their experiences. As we read and take notes from the travels of others with the God of the Bible, we learn what he likes, what he dislikes, what he rewards, and whom he works against. As we pay attention, like in any other relationship, we are provided the clues to develop a deeper, more profitable relationship with God.
It is our hope that this background information helps a bit as you read on in the Bible. We will continue this series with our next installment: “The Parting of the Red Sea and Manna” on Friday.
You can obtain more help from the FREE Bible reading schedule on our resource page. In His Image is a daily devotional that also follows our reading schedule and expresses the Biblical truth: “God Created You to Love You.” You can find this resource on the side bar of our website.