Can I Know God?
- Jeremiah 29:13: And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. (Isaiah 55:6, 7).
- Matthew 7:7: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. (Matthew 7:7-11; Luke 11:9, 10, 13).
- John 6:37: All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. (Proverbs 2:1-5).
- 1 Chronicles 28:9: And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever. (Lamentations 3:25, 26).
- 2 Chronicles 15:2: The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you. [Not very quickly, though].
What do I gain from knowing God?
The greatest friendship a human is capable of experiencing - His Friendship. John 15:15. He is open, attentive, and dependable. He listens. He is not a Man of answers merely, He goes through the trauma of life with you, understanding every dilemma, experiencing every pain. He is involved in the details of your life without being nosey. This friendship includes:
- Necessities Matthew 6:33 (Deuteronomy 8:18)
- Godliness 2 Peter 1:3
- Discipline Hebrews 12:5-11 (Proverbs 3:11, 12).
- Support that sustains progress 2 Corinthians 3:18 (John 3:2, 3) Proverbs 4:18 & 24:16
- Peace & Rest John 14:27 (John 16:33) Matthew 11:28-30
- Freedom from sin and its guilt Romans 6:20-22 (Isaiah 48: 17-19)
- Life John 17:3 (Knowing God is life.) John 10:10 (Abundant life). John 11:25, 26
What will it cost me to know God?
All your unhappiness, grouchiness, uncontrolled anger, hatred, harmful grief, over-dependence, etc. It means giving up part of who you are right now. 1 John 3:2, 3; James 4:7; Proverbs 28:13.
What will happen to me if I donít know God, no matter what I claim?
- Sin 1 John 3:6-10 (Romans 6:23 Luke 12:8-9) Sin is Miserable
- Annihilation. Matthew 7:21-23: Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Emphasis added)
What does God gain from 'knowing' me?
- Friendship John 15:15 God apparently treasures our friendship
- Happiness We are happy when something goes well. How happy God must be when we go well! Luke 15:7, 10, & 32
- Someone to receive His love 1 John 4:7, 8. If we experience sadness when our effort and generosity are not appreciated, how much more must God hurt when his limitless gifts are unappreciated?
What does it cost Him?
- The humiliation of becoming a human. Philippians 2:6, 7
- The pain of contact with sin. Hebrews. 12:3
- Physical suffering Isaiah 53:5.
- Death Luke 23:46; Matthew 27:50
- The possibility of being first rejected and then taken advantage of by all who do not accept His death for them. Isaiah 53:11.
Am I taking advantage of God?
Those things valuable to you in your inmost thinking and person come only by knowing God. And a living hell now and eternal extinction in the near future are your only other option. The choice is yours (Deuteronomy 30:19). God wants your friendship and He has given everything possible to gain it. Your best option is to befriend God. The process is simple: "A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother is." Proverbs 18:24. (Emphasis added) God is waiting for you to show yourself friendly.