Do You Know Him?

One of the most beautiful and humble statements in the entire course of the Bible can be found in the Book of Job.  This man had everything stripped away from him including all his material assets and all his children, not to mention his physical health.  He could not come to terms with how a man who had tried his entire life to please God was suddenly suffering such a plight.  His friends tried to counsel and comfort him, but to no avail.

In the end the Lord spoke to him, basically telling Job that in the end, He alone is sovereign over all.  Job folds and says this:

My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you. – Job 42:5

This scripture should stop us dead.  Why?  Because how many of us have heard about God and automatically equated this with knowing God.  If I hold up a picture of a famous athlete, everyone might recognize him, but how many actually know him?  What is he really like?  In our day of information overload, we can make the fatal error of thinking we know someone or something because we have acquired knowledge about it or them.  In the final judgment at the end of this age, many will stand before Christ, confused that knowledge about Him doesn’t equate with actually knowing Him.

The amazing thing with Job was that even though he was holy, pious, generous and God-fearing, he was humble enough to realize that when it came to the depth of God, he knew nothing.  It took the most severe of trials to actually acquaint him with the person of God, not the religion of God.

We can only know God through the Lord Jesus, who is the image of God’s person.  No human can look directly into the sun (God), but we can gaze at the moon (Jesus) and see the reflection of the sun’s glory.  We do ourselves the greatest disservice possible when we satisfy ourselves in knowing about Him instead of knowing Him.  This has been the the failing of many throughout the ages.

This is what the LORD says:
“Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom
or the strong man boast of his strength
or the rich man boast of his riches,

but let him who boasts boast about this:
that he understands and knows me,
that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness,
justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight,”
declares the LORD.

Coming to know the Lord is the process of a lifetime, full of trials, but we are persuaded that there is nothing greater.