Those of you who have known the Lord for a while, have probably experienced the wonderful cycle of knowing God as described below:
You’re sitting there, overwhelmed with the presence of God. You’re singing praises, utterly grateful for God’s love and the salvation of your soul. You think, “How could it ever get better than this?!” You feel so complete, contented, and loved.
Then something else happens. God comes through once again in a miraculous way, answers an impossible prayer, or meets a need in a profound personal way. And those feelings of “How could it ever get better than this!?” return.
How is this possible? How can this wonderful cycle of knowing God keep getting better? After all, God said, “I, the LORD do not change” (Mal 3:6). Here are three ideas to help explain…
This wonderful cycle of knowing God.
1. God doesn’t change, but we do.
God doesn’t get better, but our perception of God does—provided we get our knowledge of Him from His Word. Our view of God becomes clearer as we gaze intently into God’s beautiful revelation of Himself. God wants to be known in increasing measure. As we grow in knowledge and understanding of God’s truths and apply them, we will experience more and more of Him—and all that He embodies. Since God is good, and everything about Him is good we will naturally experience greater, sweeter, and “gooder” times with our Savior.
2. Our capacity to enjoy and know God increases.
When we get saved, we get a new nature, a “spiritual body” which grows by eating and digesting (processing, applying, and obeying) God’s wholesome Word.
Unlike our physical bodies, our new nature isn’t finite. As our “spiritual body” grows, there is more “room” for God in our hearts. God Himself gives us this greater capacity to understand Him. So if we starve the old nature and nurture the new, intimacy with God will naturally grow. (Or should I say supernaturally? 😊)
3. There’s an irony
Although we are completely satisfied during these sweet times of communion with God, there’s still a hunger for more. This compels us to go back again and again; to seek Him in newer ways, newer understandings, and newer commissions. (Jer 29:13-14).
What should our response be to all of this?
First—we fall down and worship in utter gratitude and humility!
What a privilege it is to be able to commune with such a holy awesome God!
Next—we are to pass it on.
We are not to hoard all of His wonderful love and revelation. We are to share His love more and more with others.
May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else…. (1 Thess 3:12)
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight…. (Phil 1:9)
Shout this out from the rooftops:
“Behold your God! Let me tell you about my beautiful Savior who wants to be your God and Savior as well!”
So my friend, just in case you’ve never experienced this sweet fellowship with your Maker, just in case Jesus is not your personal Savior or just in case you didn’t know this type of intimacy with God was possible—let me tell you with great excitement: that it is!
As you expand your knowledge and understanding of God and His ways and obey Him, your capacity for love and intimacy with Him will grow—guaranteed! What else would we expect from an infinite God who abounds in love? Still, I’m amazed every time it happens, and the wonderful cycle of knowing God continues.
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God Moments: Touches of His Presence
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