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February 27, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Can I Know God Personally? 3


Can I Know God Personally?

 

Jeremiah 1:5

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you

 

Thought for Today

Today’s verse contains one of the most amazing thoughts in all of Scripture. God made you for the very purpose of knowing you. When you were no more than a thought in God’s mind He fell in love with you. He knew all about you before He laid out your DNA. He knew your strengths and your weakness for chocolate. He knew the mistakes you would make and all the ways you would struggle and still delighted to make you because He knew your heart. He longed to love and be loved by you. I find this truly astounding. I know that I am unworthy of Him and yet He chooses to make me worthy. In Christ I become all that God declares I am. This is how much God desires to know you!

 

Prayer

Lord, I praise You that You created me out of sheer joy at the thought of knowing me. Thank You for Your incredible undeserved love. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

You may call God love, you may call God goodness. But the best name for God is compassion. — Meister Eckhart
 

Quote of the Day

Love takes up where knowledge leaves off. — Thomas Aquinas
 



Comments

02-27-2019 at 6:39 PM
Nina Benson
After sharing a pro-life video at my public school and having second thoughts/fears about it, (https://youtu.be/Hbdb8X1Wnvg ). I came home to this devotional in my email and felt like I had done the right thing.:-)
02-27-2019 at 10:58 AM
Laura
This makes me think of the song
Known by Tauren Wells
“ to be fully known AND loved by YouL

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February 26, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Can I Know God Personally? 2


Can I Know God Personally?

 

Jeremiah 29:13-14

Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord

 

Thought for Today

The second question we need to ask regarding whether God is knowable is, “Does God allow a way for us to know Him?” The answer to this is a resounding “Yes!” One of the more famous verses in the Bible is Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord.” If you stop there you miss some very encouraging words! He goes on to say that if we call out to Him and seek Him with all our hearts we will find Him. In God’s own words, “I will be found…” This is an amazing promise. He does not say that if you call on Him you might find Him or could find Him. You will find Him. This promise means that God has a desire to be known and has made a way for us to know Him. The way to know God isn’t even difficult. You can begin the quest to know God by simply calling out to Him. I encourage you to begin the quest to God today.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, You promise to hear me when I call out to You. Hear me now. I want to know You. Help me to find You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

I suddenly saw that all the time it was not I who had been seeking God, but God who had been seeking me. I had made myself the center of my own existence and had my back turned to God. — Bede Griffiths

 

Quote of the Day

Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation. — D. Elton Trueblood

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February 25, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Can I Know God Personally? 1


Can I Know God Personally?

 

Genesis 3:8-9

And [Adam and Eve] heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”

 

Thought for Today

This week we wrestle with the question of whether or not we can know God personally. The first question to ask is, “Does God want to be known by us? People have promoted the idea that God started the world and then stepped back to watch and see what would happen. They argue that He chooses not to intervene so as not to taint His grand experiment. If God doesn’t want to be known there is no way to know Him. There was a moment in history that answered this question. Adam and Eve had disobeyed God in the Garden. When they hear God coming they hide in fear and shame. It was in this moment that God had a choice. He could step away and abandon them to the fate they had chosen or step towards them and invite them, even in their rebellious state, to know Him. It is in this moment that God cries out, “Where are you?” And with that question God called them to Himself. He desired to know them and be known by them, even when there would be a price to be paid. God longs to be known by you. This is wonderful news to start our week with.

 

Prayer

Father in Heaven, thank You for calling me to yourself even when I was sinful and rebellious. Help me to know You more deeply this week. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

The only answer to fear is faith in God, knowing He loves you unconditionally and individually. — Joyce Meyer
 

Quote of the Day

Love takes up where knowledge leaves off. — Thomas Aquinas



Comments

02-25-2019 at 10:24 AM
Lori Rueffer
I love your comment, Jeanette. He knows me! He knows you! He knows each of us!
02-25-2019 at 6:57 AM
Jeanette Dall
Reversing the words of a children's song speaks to this question. "Jesus knows me, this I love."
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