Who is God to you?
There’s a definite difference between knowing someone in a general sense and knowing them intimately and personally. Consider a celebrity as an example. It’s easy to get a false sense of familiarity with them. They’re in our homes every day. Every detail of their lives, whether fact or fiction, is examined and re-examined in the grocery store check-out line. We following them on Twitter, where every waking thought is transmitted directly to our computer or cellular device. Still, with all of this exposure, we know them superficially at best.
Is it possible that we’ve developed a similar familiarity with God? Many of us have been told stories about Him since we were children. The details of the relationship we’re supposed to have with Him are examined and re-examined each Sunday. His every promise for our lives has been communicated directly to us through His word. Regardless, It’s not likely that we’ll develop more than a superficial knowledge of God unless we make our relationship with Him personal.
In Psalm 18, David writes, “I love you, Lord you are my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior, my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies.” It’s obvious that David’s knowledge of God went well beyond the superficial. God was well more than just a character in a story to him. His promises were true to David. They had been demonstrated and fulfilled as David stepped out in obedience to God’s commands.
Who do you know God to be? Is He just the hero from an ancient storybook, but bound to those pages? Do His promises translate to your life? Can you say, like David, that God is the source of all your strength and hope? If we’re supposed to be His witnesses, it’s important that we first have a personal experience with Him. If you haven’t had such an encounter with God, let this be the year. Allow Him to prove Himself to you. No matter your need, in Him you’ll find a source that will not fail.