Day 25 – The Importance of Knowing God

Now God has revealed these things to us by the Spirit, for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man that is in him? In the same way, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we may understand what has been freely given to us by God.

—1 Corinthians 2:10–12

The reason we’ve been given Jesus’ Spirit is to know Him and be one with Him and the Father. This is the most important thing to know and the biggest reason to cultivate a relationship with the Spirit. It is through Him we know Jesus better. And if we know Jesus, we know the Father.

A lack of knowledge breeds fear. When we are fearful, we get consumed with our own needs, our own gifts, and our own future. We grasp at straws and we forget the other. When we don’t know God, we suspect He doesn’t like us. We suspect He is bent on judging, not saving us. We fear Him, but not in the Old Testament way that means to honor and respect. Our hearts start seeing the evil of this world as His judgment. Rather than look for His goodness, we start to look over our shoulder. When things are going well, we begin to wonder when the other shoe will drop.

However, knowledge brings relationship. In relationship, we lose suspicion and start to think the best, not the worst, of people. It is the same with God and the Holy Spirit.

He has been given to us because His delight is to teach us deep things, revelations of the concerns at the heart of the Godhead. He is the Comforter because when we understand things, we are comforted. It is when things remain a mystery we start to get uncomfortable. We need His help to find peace and the wisdom required to understand the spiritual life Jesus showed was possible.

This process takes a long time. We don’t live in a culture built or suited to that. We want it all instantly. Yet this one skill, being dedicated to the pursuit of the knowledge of God, is something the Holy Spirit offers no other way of living can. It isn’t just head knowledge, but heart fulfillment.

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from my husband is that the first one to speak loses. He is not the extrovert I am. I was trained in my sales career to have answers on the tip of my tongue. But as an engineer, he thinks deeply on things, and sometimes for a very long time. When he speaks, it is much more of a solution, versus the Band-Aids I usually try and slap onto people’s problems.

There are deep truths that take a long time in coming. It can be better that way, so they come from deep down, rooted in truth, and not able to be shaken. What concerns God can be made known to us and it will be. If you have asked and the answer hasn’t come yet, be wary of the devil’s favorite trap of confusing silence with God ignoring you. Believe He is preparing you and your circumstances for the answer. The Spirit wants to meet you where that deep in you calls out of His deep, and from there the promise will bubble up.

Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit. Sustain me with Your presence and help me trust Your character and wisdom will comfort me as I wait and seek Your face. Help me to see the treasure of who You are. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Thought

Have you ever fallen in the trap of thinking God is ignoring you?

Band Discussion

  • What is the best counsel you can give someone about the way the Holy Spirit works?
  • Is there a situation where you can apply your own advice to your life or a situation?
  • Why is it better to wait than to rush ahead of God?