Notes from my study of John Snyder’s Behold Your God…Rethinking God Biblically
How well do you know God?
Do you want to know Him more?
I used to think an intense study of His Word the ultimate key to knowing Him. Or that I would finally get to know him by signing up for one more Bible study offered at my church. Or if I attended church regularly and hung around more seasoned Christians and listened to the sermon carefully, I would surely know him better.
These are all important disciplines, but, honestly, these activities are not enough. They may help me know about God, but that is different than knowing Him.
Knowing Him requires revelation.
Revelation comes from God Himself
So who does God continually and progressively reveal Himself to, and do I qualify?
His Word tells me this:
He delights to reveal himself to 4 kinds of people
- Those who fear (or reverence) Him—those who believe His ways are perfect and purpose to make Him not only Savior but Lord of their lives—Psalm 25:14
- The pure in heart—those whose ultimate goal is one thing: to worship and serve Him (not self) by the way they live their lives—Matthew 5:8
- The childlike—those who know their great need for Him and are totally dependent on His promised grace to live their lives in fulfillment of that goal—Matthew 11:25-28a
- The obedient—those who, in faith, obey what He has shown them to do, even when the enemy of their soul says, “really?” (Genesis 3:1)—John 14:21
I ask myself, Self, are you satisfied with the revelation of God that you have right now?
Is He able to reveal Himself to you in the ways He longs to?
Is your heart seeking to know Him, or are you seeking Him to advance your own agenda?
In other words, are you seeking Him as a means to be “relieved of your emptiness” or loneliness or to “fix your family” or to give you the house you’ve always wanted or to put notches in your good works belt or even to “find your significance or purpose in Him”?
Or are you willing to forget self completely in your pursuit to know Him and make Him known?
When I answer honestly, I confess there is a lot of “me” blocking the way of seeing and knowing Him as I long to. I, being lured by the promises of the World and not His own, have begun to grow cataracts over my spiritual eyes.
So I ask God to make me more like those He delights to reveal Himself to.
And, because I’ve admitted my need and taken Him at His Word when He says He DELIGHTS to reveal Himself not to perfect people but to those whose heart is blameless towards Him (2 Chronicles 16:9), I believe His promise to me that He will do it (1 Thessalonians 5:24).