There is a strong tendency in Christianity to measure our understanding of God and our relationship with Him by our circumstances. God encourages us not to be proud over our brains, our muscles, or our bucks. His advice implies that if we are to be proud it should be in knowing Him. It is easy isn’t it to be content with God when we are in control for we feel secure about tomorrow! Yet when the hurricane unexpectedly turns and twists our serene plans to chaos then what do we think of God?
Whether life is good or tough, pleasant or demanding, fair or unkind, just or unjust, predictable or chaotic am I pointed true north? Do I seek to understand God—not what He will do, not what others say about Him, not what I suspect is true but rather a running to His presence to be with Him. My seven-year old springs from bed, runs down the stairs and prepares to pounce on my turned-back. He wants to be with his dad. He wants to know me and I relish his attention.
Jeremiah 9:23,24--This is what the Lord says: The wise man must not boast in his wisdom; the strong man must not boast in his strength; the wealthy man must not boast in his wealth.But the one who boasts should boast in this ,that he understands and knows Me—that I am Yahweh, showing faithful love, justice, and righteousness on the earth, for I delight in these things. This is the Lord’s declaration.
Oh God help me to run to You. If I am to have wisdom let it be to find You and listen to what You have to say. If I am to have might may it be the power to blow through any obstacles that might come between us. If I am to have wealth, let it be the riches of dining in Your presence—forever.
Knowing is one thing, knowing God is everything!
God does not tell you what He is going to do; He reveals to you who He is.—Oswald Chambers in My Utmost For His Highest
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)